Journalist’s arrest message was 2012’s most retweeted

Investigative reporter Costas Vaxevanis’s 64-character account of his own arrest by the police in October was the most retweeted message this year, according to Twitter’s 2012 trends for Greece.

“They are coming into the house with a prosecutor now. I am being arrested. Spread [the news],” tweeted Vaxevanis, who was arrested for publishing a list of Greeks with Swiss bank accounts.

Trends in 2012 on Twitter reflected people’s frustration with the country’s debt crisis with #syntagma and #greekrevolution ranking among the most popular hashtags.

Some 128,000 new Greek users joined the microblogging service in 2012, pushing the total number above 250,000.

The total number of Greek tweets was around 120 million, that is 330,000 per day or four tweets per second.

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