Twitter Shows Its Real Power With Latest Top Ten of 2010 List

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Yesterday, Twitter released a number of top ten lists for trends in 2010. They showed off the top trends of the year in general, as well as the top in tech, news, movies, people, TV, and hashtags. Today, the company has released a list of what it has deemed as the top ten most powerful tweets of the year

The tweets come from reporter Ann Curry, the White House, an account parodying BP, and seven others. The tweets themselves are embedded below.

@usairforce find a way to let Doctors without Borders planes land in Haiti: THE most effective at this.less than a minute ago via web

Welcome to @twitter President Medvedev! RT @KremlinRussia_E: Hello everyone! I'm on Twitter, and this is my first tweet.less than a minute ago via HootSuite

I've had a serious injury and NEED Help! Can somone please call Winding Trails in Farmington, CT tell them I'm stuck bike crash in woods.less than a minute ago via UberTwitter

Catastrophe is a strong word, let's all agree to call it a whoopsie daisy.less than a minute ago via Twitterrific

Gobierno declara estado de Excepción #Ecuador #30Sless than a minute ago via web

The Prince of Wales is delighted to announce the engagement of Prince William to Miss Catherine Middleton - than a minute ago via web

Today's my last day at Sun. I'll miss it. Seems only fitting to end on a #haiku. Financial crisis/Stalled too many customers/CEO no moreless than a minute ago via web

Congratulations to Raul Labrador on a hard-earned win, and best of luck as Idaho's next Congressman.less than a minute ago via TweetDeck

Gran ambiente en la rua!!orgulloso de ver a tanta gente feliz. than a minute ago via Twitpic

Hey Internet: I'm headed to your town on a half-assed comedy & music tour. Go to for tix. I repeat: It's half-assed.less than a minute ago via web

"We put a group together, and we curated thousands of tweets, and we tried to find a nice cross-section between tweets that really showed the power of an information network and tweets that showcased sort of the power of humanity," Twitter co-founder Biz Stone told the Today Show this morning. 

"Every day, we are inspired by people using Twitter in unexpected ways to make the world a better place," says @jodiolson of Twitter's Corporate Communications. "Powerful Tweets have impact, relevance and resonance. In just 140 characters, you can change the game, make a difference in someone's life, offer perspective, or bring aid to people in need."

Ann Curry's tweet, which made the top of the list came after the monstrous earthquake ripped through Haiti early this year, and led to a plane of physicians getting clearance to land. As described on Twitter's list, she used Twitter to convince the Air Force to allow the flight to land. 

"One tweet can get retweeted so many times that...Ann was sort of virtually able to wave in that Doctors Without Borders plane, and get them landed within an hour," said Stone. 

The fake BP account is particularly noteworthy, given that it actually is a fake account. Talking about the infamous oil spill, Stone said, "Obviously it was a big deal. Everyone was really angry and really worried, and it's just very interesting that a parody account became the voice of this whole thing."

Descriptions of all the tweets can be found here, to put them into greater context. Watch the entire conversation on the Today Show here.


Chris Crum
Chris Crum has been a part of the WebProNews team and the iEntry Network of B2B Publications since 2003. Follow Chris on Twitter, on StumbleUpon, on Pinterest and/or on Google: +Chris Crum.