@WashingtonPost reaches 1 million followers on Twitter

Today the Post celebrates a milestone — more than 1,000,000 of you have followed us on Twitter. To us, 1 million isn’t just a big, round number — it represents the many individuals who talk and share with us, read or view our stories and share them with friends, and who trust us as a source of news. For your continued support and readership, we thank you.

We’ve put together a tribute to our Twitter followers in the interactive graphic below. Click anywhere in the image (and keep clicking) to view a few of the faces that make our Twitter account what it is.

Since the Washington Post Twitter account was established in 2007, the Post account has sent more than 60,000 tweets, which have been retweeted a countless number of times.

At the beginning of the year, we shared our most retweeted tweets of all time. Since then we have two new tweets that have surpassed our previous top tweet:

April 11, 2012 - 1345 retweets

#BREAKINGNEWS: Official says prosecutor plans to charge Zimmerman in #Trayvon Martin’s death wapo.st/Hxs56s

— The Washington Post (@washingtonpost) April 11, 2012

April 10, 2012 - 805 retweets

”Simpsons” creator Matt Groening reveals location of the real Springfield: wapo.st/IpxfEL

— The Washington Post (@washingtonpost) April 10, 2012

We’ve sent a lot of tweets over the past few years, but there are some that are more memorable than others. The Post’s T.J. Ortenzi reflects on what makes a tweet work:

Our job is to get people to talk, click, share and send the stories and visuals that The Post has produced. Among those pieces are complex ideas and narratives that sometimes require readers to go beyond the first few paragraphs. Finding a compelling detail within lengthy stories that doesn’t require a ton of context (and characters) is sometimes difficult. However, when we pull it off and find just the right quote or detail to share, it’s exciting to see the replies and retweets roll in.

May 25, 2012 - 209 retweets

He agreed to a full scholarship at USC before she accused him of rape. He served 5 years. Now she says she lied. wapo.st/Jy6cWB

— The Washington Post (@washingtonpost) May 25, 2012

May 26, 2012 - 73 retweets

She starts a fire, boils water and tells the children she’s cooking. In reality, she has nothing. wapo.st/Jy6cWB #hunger

— The Washington Post (@washingtonpost) May 26, 2012

Sometimes even the simplest tweets have the biggest impact. When Arch West, the inventor of Doritos, died in 2011 the Post’s tweet was circulated around the world. We can’t decide if it was because of people’s affinity for tortilla chips or because West was buried with his invention.

Doritos creator dies at 97, will be buried with chips wapo.st/rrORlj

— The Washington Post (@washingtonpost) September 26, 2011

Again, The Washington Post staff thanks you for following and talking with us on Twitter. If you have suggestions on ways we can improve or just want to say hello, tweet at us @washingtonpost.

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