Twitter timeline: The best/worst of 2014

Vanessa Franklin

Although Kim Kardashian’s butt may have “broken the internet,” her butt wasn’t the only thing trending on Twitter this year. From memes of Kermit the Frog drinking Lipton tea to “squad goals,” Twitter users have seen it all this year.

One popular trend that exploded this year was the word “bae,” an acronym for “before anyone else.” According to Topsy, a social analytics site and certified Twitter partner, “bae” had been used almost 11 millions times in the past 30 days.

Although the word began as a term of endearment, like “baby” or “babe,” the word is now used in a variety of contexts. Bae can describe Netflix, your best friend, or a bowl of Ben and Jerry’s Half-Baked ice cream.

With music like Pharrell’s “Come Get It, Bae” and the title of runner-up for the Oxford Dictionary’s 2014 word of the year, the word has made its presence known, despite what many Twitter users might think.

“It’s so annoying,” said Dylan Muller, freshman in mechanical engineering. “I wouldn’t be bummed if I never heard it ever again.”

Around June, a meme of a beloved “Muppets” character surfaced with the caption “but that’s none of my business.” This Kermit the Frog meme became the picture to use when throwing shade or calling someone out.

The meme quickly blew up, with over 19,000 tweets in just the first four days, according to Topsy.

“I love the Kermit the Frog tweets,” said Kaleb McKone, freshman in biology. “It’s just so relatable. When you were younger, you saw these characters, but now there’s a more mature aspect to it.”

Twitter users also expressed their hopes of having cool groups of friends through the trend “squad goals.” “Squad,” internet slang meaning crew or gang, became the word to use when referring to your posse.

Squad goal tweets ranged from pictures of Rachel, Phoebe and Monica from “Friends” to pictures of a group of old guys sitting in McDonald’s.

The world also saw the power of teenagers with iPhones when Alex from Target became an overnight sensation. Alex, a Target cashier, got his 15 minutes of fame when a shopper snapped his picture.

Because of his good looks, the hashtag #alexfromtarget became so popular that he appeared on “The Ellen DeGeneres Show,” “CNN” and in “The Washington Post.”

“I think [the trends] only last about three weeks,” said Caroline Richardson, freshman in pre-business. “Alex from Target only lasted about three days.”

While some trends last longer than others, many have proven to linger for longer than what some Twitter users would like.

“For the first one or two months everyone [posts trends] it’s funny, but after a while you see only a few people posting [the old trends] and it makes you wonder why they are still doing that,” McKone said.

Just last month, Twitter began to see a new type of tweet—the “starter pack”. This four picture craze had dominated Twitter, with more than seven million tweets since the trend began, according to Topsy. The pictures are supposed to represent four things that you would need to become a certain type of person.

“[Starter pack tweets] were funny at first, but they got old so fast,” Richardson said.

Despite the large number of trending tweets, it can be harder to come up with original tweets than some might think.

“I can never think of any clever things [to post],” McKone said. “But when someone else posts them, it makes me think that I totally could have thought of that.”

But with a new year, comes new tweets, trends and high hopes from Twitter’s future.

“I think Twitter is a really good way to get little blurbs of information out there, especially for very important people or organizations,” McKone said. “I just hope that in the future it’s easier to find what you need. Right now, there are a lot of joke accounts and if there’s big news, most people on Twitter are just making fun of it.”