Every year, we select the “best year ever” recipient. It’s the social website that made the best gains, contributed the most to social media as a whole, and demonstrated trends that meant they were going to continue moving forward in the coming year. winners in the past included:

Those years, it was pretty obvious. The winner-selection was a no-brainer. Even in 2008 when there was a split decision, it was a matter of the two giants in their field making the right moves. Twitter was reaching for new heights and Digg was near its peak. 2012 has proven to be the toughest year yet.

There’s Pinterest, a company that exploded in the beginning of the year and still shows signs of greatness. There’s Instagram, though recent actions may preclude them from being considered. There’s Tumblr, a site that may be at its peak. Facebook won in 2007 for showing promise and in 2009 for jumping out ahead, but they may be a winner again in 2012 because of their utter domination.

We still have time to decide. In the meantime, check out the newsmakers of 2012:

The State of Social Media 2012 by The SEO Company
The State of Social Media 2012 by The SEO Company

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Written by JD Rucker
JD Rucker is Editor of this site as well as The New Americana, a Conservative News Aggregator. He is a Christian, a husband, a father, and co-founder of the Federalist Party. Find him on Twitter or Facebook.