The Iranian election was not only the most closely followed news event on Twitter this year. It was also the first social news event ever.
In Twitter’s final tally for the year, the terms #iranelection, Iran and Tehran were all in the top ten list of news events. Gaza was also right up there in third spot.
The stats are further testimony to the power of social news to deliver updates from closed states, despite the best efforts of local governments to censor them. A ban on coverage? Not in the age of Twitter. 2010 will be even more exciting.