Every year, I find the 50 best tweets and produce a list at the end of the year that is usually received with laughs and admiration. For the last four years, this list has been created on Twitter, using a weird old feature called Twitter Moments. I have never looked at any Twitter Moment besides the Tweet of the Year lists I created, yet was certainly glad the feature existed so I could use it for my fun little list every year.
Until Elon Musk bought Twitter for $44 billion.
The Muski-fication of Twitter had a few big impacts on the Tweets of the Year in 2022. First, there were plenty of tweets in consideration that were about Twitter and its new CEO, though only one of those tweets made the final list (See #32 below).
Second, Twitter at the end of 2022 is not the same as it was early in 2022 and that was reflected in the tweets that I saved for the list throughout the year. The total number of tweets I saved was in the low 60s, though a good handful of those tweets were deleted or written by accounts that have since been suspended, deactivated, or made private. This culled the final list a little bit, though the final 50 is still very strong.
Lastly, Team Elon has ended the Moments feature. This could have spelled the end of the Tweet of the Year list, but the list must persist. I, like Elon Musk, own a website. Unlike Mr. Musk, I did not have to pay $44 billion for my website. I pay like $90 a year for a WordPress Premium subscription and I have not been booed off any stages in recent memory. I guess I’m built different than Elon.
So, here are the 50 best tweets of 2022. I hope you enjoy them. It is important to remember that some great tweets were intentionally written to make you laugh, while others were tweeted with no intention of being funny. As you might guess, the unintentionally funny tweets often end up being my favorites. God bless former NBA guard Kenny Anderson, who appears multiple times here.
Without further ado, the Tweets of the Year, starting with #50:
(FYI: it may take a minute or two for your browser to load all the tweets).
Thanks for reading. Tell your friends. See you next year, if Twitter survives.
Shane McNichol is the founder, editor, and senior writer at PalestraBack.com. He has also contributed to ESPN.com, The Action Network, Betway Insider, Rush The Court, Larry Brown Sports, RotoBaller, and USA Today Sports Weekly. Follow him on Twitter @OnTheShaneTrain. You can find every post from this blog on Twitter by following @PalestraBack.