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This is the most retweeted tweet of 2013

It’s been another year of hashtags and crazy highs for Twitter, with the social media site fuelling discussion on everything from disasters to celebrity deaths and major world news. Last year, the most retweeted post belonged to none other than the president of the United States, and included a shot of him embracing his wife and the simple text “Four more years” after being re-elected.

This year’s most retweeted post was less celebratory, but still thankful — it belonged to Lea Michele, and was her first public acknowledgement of the death of her boyfriend and Glee co star Cory Monteith. To date, it has received almost half a million retweets from 133 countries around the world.

There were other significant posts in 2013 too — as Twitter notes in its annual round up of the year in tweets. From a member of One Direction’s birthday to the passing of Paul Walker, it’s been a mixed array of tweets that have captured the world’s attention. Twitter has helpfully rounded up some of the biggest global trending topics and discussions in a month-by-month breakdown to give you an overview of what’s been happening across the world. It’s also broken the chatter down into distinct categories, like news, sports and entertainment.

Author | Lauren Granger

Lauren Granger
While studying towards her Bachelor of Journalism degree at Rhodes University, Lauren gave into her fascination with everything digital. As she was more interested in creeping tech sites and Twitter than she was in picking up one of those printed things called 'newspapers', she decided to specialise in... More

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