The end of the year brings countless countdowns and year-in-review pieces, but who has better insight into what mattered over the past 12 months than Twitter? The social network where everyone goes to talk about big news as soon as it happens published it's own summary of the biggest events of the year this morning.

A dedicated microsite let's users browse the subjects, people and, of course, tweets that left the biggest footprint on 2012. While the results aren't necessarily surprising, it's cool to see all the broad consensus points from around the world.

[via Gizmodo]