Twitter is succinctly showing you 2012 as it happened on the micro-blogging network. 

It's created to break down the past year by tweets, in both words and photos. Twitter explained how it's showing off 2012 on its blog

  • Golden Tweets: The top two Tweets that generated the most Retweets for the year, plus honorable mentions for a few others that caught attention around the world. 
  • The pulse of the planet: Some of the biggest conversations of the year that generated large numbers of Tweets and Retweets. 
  • Only on Twitter: Moments of serendipity and just plain awesomeness (if there is such a thing) are what we call #onlyontwitter. We list examples of Tweets that came to life organically on Twitter, and can be appreciated in an instant. 
  • Top trends: Lists of the significant Trends of the year in the U.S., UK and Japan. These phrases reveal what captured our attention based on sudden spike of interest, rather than what was consistently popular. (Tech trends caught our eye -- top techy Twitter terms of 2012: include 'at&t,' 'iphone' and 'instagram.') 
  • New voices: From the Pope to Pelé, this year Twitter welcomed new voices from every corner of the world. 

Of course, we were most interested in Twitter's photographic take on 2012, captured in this video: 

You can see 2012 from your own viewpoint using Vizify to create an infographic of your year on Twitter.