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Top Twitter Tweets of 2011

This year has been a bumper 12 months for Twitter, with people flocking to the social networking site in their millions.

Twitter has been used to break new stories, organise riots, organise clean-ups of riots, and expose the occasional super injunction. More celebrities than ever are using the site to talk directly to fans, while at the same time using it to massage their ego.

So what have been the most memorable tweets of the past year? Here is our pick of some of the best Tweets, by celebs and civilians alike.

‘September 17th. Wall Street. Bring tent. #OccupyWallStreet.’

This Tweet, posted by US magazine Adbusters, was in reference to the first of the ‘occupy’ movement in New York.

It sparked a wave of similar protests around the world, as people took to the streets to campaign against banks and big business.

‘Helicopter hovering above Abbottabad at 1AM (is a rare event)’

This Tweet, by Sohaib Athar, was the accidental first report of the US raid on the Pakistani military town by US forces as they closed in on Osama Bin Laden.

The IT consultant tweeted several times about the noise outside, not realising he was reporting on the capture of the world’s most wanted man.

‘Winning! Choose your vice’

No prizes for guessing who tweeted this earlier this year. The controversial actor Charlie Sheen took to Twitter after his sacking from Two And a Half Men.

Sheen earned a million followers in a matter of hours, with the hashtag #winning amongst the top trends.

‘Dreamt I died in Chicago next weekend (heart attack in my sleep). Need to write my will’

This Tweet from Weezer bassist Mikey Welsh was an ominous one. But it was made even more spooky when the Tweet came true, and Welsh was found dead in a hotel room in Chicago, from a suspected drug overdose.