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 Favstar.fm. 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. http://t.co/0vF7k17e #CNNDebateWed Nov 23 01:16:34 via HootSuiteThe Washington Post
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2. Sep. 26, 2011, 673 retweets

Doritos creator dies at 97, will be buried with chips http://t.co/SAiiLePhMon Sep 26 15:15:48 via SocialFlowThe Washington Post
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3. Oct. 16, 2011, 459 retweets

The world’s 7 billionth person will be born on the last day of this month: http://t.co/tB0XsqH5Sun Oct 16 13:51:20 via SocialFlowThe Washington Post
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4. Mar. 13, 2011, 382 retweets

If you’re following the #meltdown situation in #Japan, this is a must-see graphic everyone can understand: http://wapo.st/hn2WS4Sun Mar 13 14:19:42 via HootSuiteThe Washington Post
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5. Oct. 14, 2011, 259 retweets

Steve Jobs was Buddhist, so why did cartoonists imagine him in heaven? http://t.co/lUMz3qGkSat Oct 15 03:05:31 via SocialFlowThe Washington Post
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6. May 2, 2011, 219 retweets

During bin Laden raid, U.S. forces captured Intel materials that might reveal location of al-Zawahiri http://wapo.st/iEcmPEMon May 02 21:25:02 via HootSuiteThe Washington Post
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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.” http://t.co/f3p5NkpVSat Nov 12 17:54:29 via SocialFlowThe Washington Post
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8. Nov. 10, 2011, 200 retweets

Some say the grand jury report should be required reading before discussing #PennState case. Read it here: http://t.co/fvpKVlnsThu Nov 10 18:57:22 via SocialFlowThe Washington Post
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9. Nov. 15, 2011, 192 retweets

#BREAKING Court order will allow #Occupy Wall Street protesters to return with tents to NYC park http://t.co/EIn1LxyCTue Nov 15 14:26:19 via webThe Washington Post
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10. Nov. 30, 180 retweets

No tweeting. No observing. No reporting. LAPD clamps down on media coverage of #OccupyLA: http://t.co/nDab9kyXWed Nov 30 18:58:46 via SocialFlowThe Washington Post
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