How Twitter and Facebook Saw 2009 in 1 Word or Less


On December 31, 2009, Andy Carvin from NPR asked people on Twitter and Facebook to sum up the year in one word. He then ran the results through Wordle to generate a word cloud.

As you can see, some found hope in 2009 while others found it to be exhausting. Many considered 2009 to be bittersweet, challenging, or tumultuous. If you look a little closer at some of the less-popular words, you’ll find interesting descriptions such as suckage, bizarro, craptacular, and autotuned.

One word and its plural stood out as the overwhelming favorite description amongst social networking users: Change.

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  1. Interesting observation. I’ve experienced some changes this year as well but I’m not sure if that would be the one word the would some up 2009 for me. Cool concept here.

  2. Very interesting results considering all the millions of friends/fans on twitter and facebook. Good word Brian, my would be “INSPIRING”

    Thanks for the share!

    RM – InBoundMarketingPR

  3. I am having exactly the same problem and if anyone can help I would be very grateful. Thanks.

  4. Interesting result…
    Thanks for sharing this!