It has been a year since Twitter doubled its character count, allowing U.S. President Donald Trump and other world leaders to set out their policies in even greater detail – although the biggest unknown with the American president is how he will use those 269 other characters after writing "WITCH HUNT!"
While Mark Zuckerberg's Facebook cemented its reputation this year as the social media site that is the source of all evil, Twitter was not far behind when it came to being dubbed the Antichrist in digital form.
Comic actor Seth Rogan was an unlikely champion of the fight against it, calling out Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey in July for his site's verification of white supremacists.
There was also a passionate takedown by New York Times correspondent Maggie Haberman thd same month, when she called Twitter "an anger video game for many users. ... The viciousness, toxic partisan anger, intellectual dishonesty, motive-questioning and sexism are at all-time highs, with no end in sight."
And yet ... how is it not possible to also love a website that lets its users poke fun at the high and mighty in near-real time and prick the most pompous of pricks.
The best example of that in 2018 came when conservative commentator Ann Coulter tweeted "Kansas is dead to me" after the midterm results came in, with Ken Reid shooting back: "Come on Ann, you've hated Kansas since it dropped a house on your sister."
Trump has continued to dominate the Twittersphere, of course, having tweeted an average of about 11-12 times a day over the past decade to his 56.3 million followers (at least seven of whom are not actually journalists or diplomats forced to read his missives).
Here are some of the best Trump takedowns of the past year – an honor for which the competition was fierce ...
But it wasn't just the president in the firing line. Oh no. His family were also prime targets for some of Twitter's cruelest jibes:
And if it weren't Trump or his immediate family, there was also the Trump White House to attack, like when "Anonymous" wrote an op-ed in the New York Times in September, calling themselves a member of the resistance:
Then there were the Putin-Trump tweets in which the U.S. leader was guilty by association (and a few more things besides):
Believe it or not, a member of the Trump family wasn't the subject of every single tweet sent in 2018. In fact, some huge news stories actually originated on Twitter.
Like the shitstorm when Roseanne Barr tweeted in May that former Obama aide Valerie Jarrett looked like the "Muslim Brotherhood and 'Planet of the Apes' had a baby."
She then compounded her racist nonsense by partly blaming the sedative Ambien for her tweet – leading to possibly the best response of the year by the drug's maker, Sanofi:
Naturally, other Twitter users were not shy to weigh in on the controversy, which saw the actress fired from her job on ABC sitcom "Roseanne"...
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu wasn't safe from Twitter's scorn either (as opposed to his son Yair, who was responsible for some of it). After Bibi staged an elaborate press conference at the end of April to reveal Israel's capture of hundreds of files allegedly related to the Iranian nuclear program, tweeters leaped into action:
Mind you, even the Israeli Embassy in Washington couldn't help throwing shade on the Iranians, posting this tweet:
Some events seemed as if they were made for Twitter – like the British royal wedding between Prince Harry and Meghan Markle in May:
And even events that didn't seem ready-made for Twitter still generated tweets. For example, jokes about gun control, voter supression and, er, photobombing Mitch McConnell.
Even the Senate Judiciary Committee's confirmation hearing for Trump’s controversial Supreme Court pick, Brett Kavanaugh, proved an unlikely source of inspiration:
Then there's Jewish Twitter, or (((Jewish Twitter))) as it is never known. Stand-up comedian Zack Bornstein is one of the funniest tweeters you should be following...
...and while you're at it, Bess Kalb and Jess Dweck should be on your digital radar too:
In Britain, meanwhile, comedian-actor David Schneider is brilliant on, among other things, Brexit – demonstrating yet again that anger and despair are the ingredients behind most of the funniest posts on Twitter.
Finally, this late entry could actually be the most LOL tweet of the year – the U.S. president complaining about Twitter's anti-GOP bias:
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