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Posted at 04:29 PM ET, 12/06/2011

Best of 2011: The Washington Post’s most retweeted tweets

In 2011, Twitter users following The Washington Post on Twitter retweeted hundreds of thousands of tweets sent by the @washingtonpost account this year. The number of retweets is a great barometer of which news stories strike a chord with our readers.

Below is a list of The Post’s most retweeted tweets this year, as determined by Twitter aggregator The popular tweets vary widely, from politics to protests.

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1. Nov 22, 2011, 785 retweets

Ron Paul now: I think the Patriot Act is unpatriotic because it undermines our liberty. #CNNDebateWed Nov 23 01:16:34 via HootSuite

2. Sep. 26, 2011, 673 retweets

Doritos creator dies at 97, will be buried with chips Sep 26 15:15:48 via SocialFlow

3. Oct. 16, 2011, 459 retweets

The world's 7 billionth person will be born on the last day of this month: Oct 16 13:51:20 via SocialFlow

4. Mar. 13, 2011, 382 retweets

If you're following the #meltdown situation in #Japan, this is a must-see graphic everyone can understand: Mar 13 14:19:42 via HootSuite

5. Oct. 14, 2011, 259 retweets

Steve Jobs was Buddhist, so why did cartoonists imagine him in heaven? Oct 15 03:05:31 via SocialFlow

6. May 2, 2011, 219 retweets

During bin Laden raid, U.S. forces captured Intel materials that might reveal location of al-Zawahiri May 02 21:25:02 via HootSuite

7. Nov. 12, 2011, 208 retweets

"We looked for leadership from our churches, and were told to fight not poverty or injustice, but gay marriage." Nov 12 17:54:29 via SocialFlow

8. Nov. 10, 2011, 200 retweets

Some say the grand jury report should be required reading before discussing #PennState case. Read it here: Nov 10 18:57:22 via SocialFlow

9. Nov. 15, 2011, 192 retweets

#BREAKING Court order will allow #Occupy Wall Street protesters to return with tents to NYC park Nov 15 14:26:19 via web

10. Nov. 30, 180 retweets

No tweeting. No observing. No reporting. LAPD clamps down on media coverage of #OccupyLA: Nov 30 18:58:46 via SocialFlow

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