1. Kanye West Joins Twitter – Time

In 50 wide-ranging lists, TIME surveys the highs and lows, the good and the bad, of the past 12 months

There’s an unlikely charm to Kanye West’s megalomania and all-too-frequent outbursts, and it’s one that translates particularly well to Twitter’s 140 characters. After railing against the service (Kanye in 2009: “I DON’T HAVE A F***** TWITTER … WHY WOULD I USE TWITTER???”), the rapper had an about-face in June, signing up to entertain the world with mini-missives like “This is rock and roll life my people … you can’t stop the truth you can’t stop the music and I have to be strong or “they” win!!!!” It’s paranoia worthy of Glenn Beck — and that, plus the occasional pictures of private jets, makes it irresistible.

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