The year 2012 can be remembered as the year social media's reach and influence grew tremendously. Facebook has more than a billion users; Twitter users post hundreds of tweets a second; dozens of hours worth of video are uploaded to YouTube per minute; and in hundreds more social networking sites, people share and post things nonstop, creating a chaotic yet exciting web of information that spans the whole planet. From the US election to the trial of former Chief Justice Renato Corona, to "Gangnam" and "Call Me Maybe," to "Ermagherd," the year showed the power social networks and the promise it holds for the future. Some of the events that stood out were the elections in the US and in dozens other countries; the Olympic and Paralympic Games; the Curiosity rover landing on Mars; the diamond jubilee of Britain's Queen Elizabeth II; and the Higgs Boson discovery. There were times, however, when we acted like an online lynch mob, letting our rage get the better of us. We saw it in the case of the viral video "Amalayer."
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