500 million tweets a day and 230 million users: Twitter's job of neatly summarizing the year is probably getting tougher each time. For 2013, the social network's displayed what happened (the UK has its own break down -- lots of One Direction tweets) and when in month-by-month summaries of both the major events and hashtags of the moment -- including the most-retweeted post of the year. It also has specialized synopses for sports, news, entertainment and showcase. The latter is curated highlights from Twitter's selected publishing partners, so it's pretty classy fare.

Twitter's slightly limp #music service has ensured the same hashtag was the top trend of 2013, followed by #nowplaying at no.3. If you already can't remember what's gone down since January, hit up the source, or watch Twitter's summary after the break, which pulls together Royal babies, typhoons, red pandas and well, the launch of its own six-second video sharing service, into a single-minute highlight reel.


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Twitter looks back at 2013, 140 characters at a time (video)