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As the year draws to a close, Twitter has compiled its annual #YearOnTwitter. Eevee’s Amanda Noble takes a quick look back at some of the top tweets of 2013. It’s been emotional guys…

From celebrity deaths to royal babies, the power of social media in announcing breaking news stories and the latest world events is unquestionable. In our New Year edition, we look back on the top tweets from the past year.
The beginning of 2013 saw dramatic scenes in London as a helicopter crashed close to Battersea Bridge in Vauxhall. Hundreds of emergency workers and eyewitness tweeted pictures and updates of the scene as it unfolded, with over 80 firefighters tackling the blaze. The Boston Bombings in April were also the subject of discussion the world over, with over 27 million Tweets sent in aftermath of the tragedy.

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The death of Margaret Thatcher saw over a million mentions of her in just under four hours, and the news of the birth of royal baby, Prince George, spread around the world within hours of his arrival. The VMAs in August created a Twitter storm, with 18 million Tweets sent about the winners, and of course that performance from Miley Cyrus! The latter part of 2013 saw celebrities, politicians and the world alike bid a fond farewell to Nelson Mandela, who passed away in December at the age of 95.

Golden Tweets

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2013 saw the tragic loss of two young Hollywood stars, Glee star Cory Monteith and The Fast and the Furious actor Paul Walker. Twitter cites the tweeted announcements of the actors as the top two Golden Tweets of 2013, with Lea Michele’s tribute to Monteith, her Glee co-star and partner, shared 408,266 times and the announcement from Walker’s staff of his death re-tweeted 400,367 as fans the world over shared their grief in their loss. The worldwide phenomenon that is One Direction continued to gather pace as Niall Horan’s 20th birthday announcement takes third place in Twitter’s Golden Tweets of 2013.