16 tweets that defined my 2016

Twitter's analytics dashboard offers a month-by-month view of activity.
Twitter’s analytics dashboard offers a month-by-month view of activity.

Thanks to Twitter’s analytics tools, users can take a look at their top tweets, top mentions, top followers and other vanityesque metrics (which, we’re told, can be dangerous if misused or misinterpreted). It’s a fun stroll down a virtual memory lane. It’s also instructive, as it provides some indication of what got traction in the ephemeral social mediasphere, and perhaps offers some clues as to why.

Here are 16 of the most viewed, shared or otherwise referenced tweets (mentions, etc.) by or about me of 2016.

January 2016

Top media tweet (announcing Missouri S&T’s brand refresh):

Top mention (on the occasion of my 25th anniversary at Missouri S&T):

February 2016

Top tweet:

March 2016

Top media tweet (in recognition of National Grammar Day):

April 2016

Top card tweet (a reference to one of my 2016 book reviews, courtesy of @bloghighed):

May 2016

Top media tweet (about a blog post):

Top mention (in reference to an impending AP Stylebook decision to lowercase “internet”; thanks, @alumnifutures):

June 2016

Top mention:

July 2016

Top media tweet (at the height of the Pokemon Go craze):

Top card tweet (flogging yet another blog post):

August 2016

Top mention:

Top tweet:

September 2016

Top media tweet (the Donald makes an appearance):

October 2016

Top media tweet (baseball-related):

November 2016

Top media tweet (before reality set it):

December 2016

Top mention (from #AMAHigherEd conference):

So there you have it. A glimpse into my 2016 digital life in 16 tweets. I’m not sure what it all means, but it must mean something.


Author: andrewcareaga

Higher ed PR and marketing guy. Communications director for Missouri University of Science and Technology (Missouri S&T) in Rolla, Missouri, USA. Slow runner, mediocre guitarist, lover of music and puns, and an avid St. Louis Cardinals fan. I blog and Tweet about #highered, #music, #gocards and #random stuff.

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