Launched in 2006, Twitter has gained worldwide popularity with millions of users and has been described as “the SMS of the Internet” due to its convenience and speed of updating news per second. Twitter helps users instantly keep up date with everything happening around the world per second. Let’s have a look at the most interesting Twitter pictures of 2011, which are tied to major world events.
“Arab Spring” in Middle East and North Africa
One of the hottest news in 2011 is “Arab Spring” happening in Middle East and North Africa. In December 2010, 26-year-old Mohamed Bouazizi sold fruits and vegetables without a permit in Tunisia. When the police seized his cart, he burned himself to death in front of a government building in protest of police corruption and ill treatment. The act provokes young Tunisians to protest. Afterwards, series of protests and demonstrations occurring around Middle East and North Africa countries: first in Tunisia, Egypt, Libya, and many others. “Arab Spring” caused a lot of resignation of the countries’ leaders and political unrest.
@MoukaDesign tweeted this picture of a young girl giving a soldier a red rose in Tunisia
@abo_mazen posted this picture of protesters gathering at Tahrir Square in Cairo, Egypt
On March 11, a massive 8.9-magnitude earthquake which struck North-East Japan and sent a devastating tsunami across the country caused heavy casualties. Twitter played a crucial role to ensure the world kept updated with the situation in Japan.
The image of devastated villages was posted by @perikanp right after the earthquake
@DalaiLama uploaded this picture saying: “His Holiness Dalai Lama comforts a young boy who lost his parents to the tsunami last March in Ishinomaki, Japan”
On April, the royal wedding of Prince William and Kate Middleton was held at Westminster Abbeys with the eager of thousands people around the world.
American gossip channel E! posted one of their favorite photos of the royal wedding on their Twitter
A couple kissing at Vancouver riot
The photo of couple kissing during chaos at Vancouver in June attracted a lot of attention of Twitter users. @WrongHeaded posted the picture saying: “Vancouver riot. Some made love, not war.”
Final space shuttle Atlantis
30 years after its debut, NASA launched its space shuttle Atlantis for the final time in July, 2011. @ChadGraff tweeted: “My brother was flying to Miami and took this awesome picture of the #shuttle from his window seat”
Space shuttle Atlantis final launch
The Women’s World Cup final broke Twitter record
The Women’s World Cup final between Japan and the United States was watched by 13.5 million people and broke the record for tweets per second, overshadowing the royal wedding of Prince William and Kate and the death of Osama bin Laden.
@die_kuma uploaded the picture of Japan’s national female team winning the 2011 FIFA Women’s World Cup.
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Mary Rose is currently a lecturer on society. In her free time, Mary is fond of joining social activities. Her goal is to provide up-to-date news and articles on society and culture.
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