Every day, there are some 500 million tweets posted on Twitter — about 5,700 per second, according to the site. It’s impossible to craft a definitive list of the best tweets of the year, but here are some of the best from the business world that crossed ThinkAdvisor’s radar.
In 2013, the Twitterati helped nudge Bitcoin into the public consciousness as both a controversial new investment and a punchline; kept investors informed as the Nasdaq suffered an unprecedented, hours-long meltdown; and posted live updates as legislators failed to reach a spending deal and shut down the federal government for 16 days.
They also dished out a well-deserved mocking to JPMorgan Chase, fresh off the announcement of a $13 billion mortgage settlement when it had the chutzpah to suggest a Q&A session on career advice with a bank executive.
Meanwhile, bond king Bill Gross found silliness on the trading floor, Larry Summers did not become the next Federal Reserve chairman, and U.K. Prime Minister David Cameron called for spending cuts in a gold-laden throne room — making a bigger fool of himself than millions of tweeters ever could.
The Year in Tweets, in Chronological Order:
We can laugh at Bitcoin but real guys, in real basements, are losing real fake money right now.
— David Clinch (@DavidClinchNews) April 10, 2013
To the person who found my website my googling “Should I cash in my 401k to pay off student loans?” the answer is No… you shouldn’t
— Alan Moore, MS, CFP® (@R_Alan_Moore) April 15, 2013
Gross: Opening bell ceremonies rather comical really. People clapping for themselves making money. For now that is.
— PIMCO (@PIMCO) April 22, 2013
I’m going to start writing things like “3.5 reasons the market is going to up and and down over the next 3.5 days”
— Carl Richards (@behaviorgap) May 22, 2013
Have they tried turning it off and on again? #nasdaq
— Katie Martin (@katie_martin_FX) August 22, 2013
Larry Summers begrudgingly pretends he is not the best candidate for every job on Earth http://t.co/oAHjZFIaIz
— VANITY FAIR (@VanityFair) September 16, 2013
The #NSA walks into a bar. Bartender: “Got a new joke for you.” NSA: “Heard it.”
— Nein. (@NeinQuarterly) June 12, 2013
“The market is saying it doesn’t like Summers, Syria, Tapering” – the market is a f***ing nuthouse full of deranged robots and QE addicts.
— Downtown Josh Brown (@ReformedBroker) September 4, 2013
— Joseph Weisenthal (@TheStalwart) November 12, 2013
It’s that time of year again. Crisp fall air, football, jumping in piles of leaves, pumpkin pie, government shutdowns….
— Burt White (@_BurtWhite) September 27, 2013
You can shut down the government, but you can’t shut down my Twitter fe
— Patton Oswalt (@pattonoswalt) September 30, 2013
If it’s a legitimate budget dispute… RT @TheStalwart: The legislative body has a way of shutting down
— Mikéy Ramoné (@ThePantau) October 1, 2013
Would you rather negotiate with 1 horse-sized Eric Holder, or 100 duck-sized Eric Holders? #AskJPM
— Kevin Roose (@kevinroose) November 13, 2013
I have Mortgage Fraud, Market Manipulation, Credit Card Abuse, Libor Rigging and Predatory Lending AM I DIVERSIFIED? #AskJPM
— Downtown Josh Brown (@ReformedBroker) November 13, 2013
The Ayn Rand Institute just emailed me to offer free Rand books for my students. Apparently the market price is wrong & subsidies are needed
— Justin Wolfers (@JustinWolfers) November 21, 2013
Check out these related stories on ThinkAdvisor: