The year’s most retweeted tweet

By admin
30 December 2013

A message about the death of Glee television show star Cory Monteith was the most echoed tweet on the globally messaging platform this year.

The message posted on Twitter about Cory Monteith's fatal drug overdose by co-star Lea Michele was re-tweeted more than 408 000 times from 133 countries, making it the Golden Tweet of 2013, according to Twitter.

"Among the millions of affecting tweets this year, there is something we call The Golden Tweet," Twitter spokesman Gabriel Stricker said in a blog post. "It's the most-retweeted Tweet of the year – the one that resonated most with millions of Twitter users around the world in 2013."

A Twitter message announcing the death of The Fast and The Furious film celebrity Paul Walker in a car crash was second, having been retweeted 400 367 times, according to Stricker

The third most re-tweeted message was one fired off by One Direction band member Niall Horan rejoicing in having just turned 20 years old.

Following the death of Nelson Mandela, millions took to Twitter to express their grief. In the five hours after the news of his death broke 7, 2 million tweets about it was posted, including a peak of 95 000 tweets per minute.

Watch the social network’s Year on Twitter 2013 graphic video here:

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