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2013 - the year's most retweeted

Top two tweets in 2013 had to do with the death of two celebrities - Glee star Cory Monteith and actor Paul Walker, according to Twitter.

In an article in, Twitter’s annual "Year on Twitter" report released on Thursday showed that 2013 was the year’s more retweeted.

Mourners on Twitter are quick to pass along condolences, and the top two tweets had to do with celebrity deaths.

When Glee star Cory Monteith died in July, fellow star Lea Michele’s short note and accompanying photo was retweeted 408,266 times at its peak, including retweets in over 130 different countries.

Actor Paul Walker’s sudden death in November generated the second most retweeted post of 2013. The confirmation tweet from his staff garnered more than 400,367 retweets.

The third most retweeted tweet from 2013 came on a much, much lighter note. Niall Horan, a member of the pop group One Direction, turned 20 years old, and Twitter helped him celebrate. His birthday declaration received 375,292 retweets.

Twitter added more than 30 million users since December 2012, and the new group includes some impressive names. Former presidents Bill Clinton and George H.W. Bush sent their first tweets in 2013. So did current and future Hall of Fame athletes Joe Montana, Kobe Bryant and Roger Federer. Twitter even added business mogul and multi-billionaire Warren Buffett, who has more than 720,000 followers despite having sent only four tweets.

However, Twitter still has a famous face or two it hopes to lure in 2014. In a recent Today interview, Twitter CEO Dick Costolo mentioned actresses Tina Fey and Amy Poehler as users he’d love to sign up.

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