Infographic(s): The hottest topics in social media in 2011

What do Beyonce, Bieber, and the Arab spring have in common? They’re among last year’s most buzz-worthy people and events on Twitter.

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If the most pressing topics in the Twitterverse are any indication, we should be a little scared.

According to Twitter, the most important event of the year was Beyonce revealing her pregnancy during the MTV Video Music Awards, which logged a record 8,960 tweets per second.

Comparatively, the raid on Osama Bin Laden received 5,106 tweets per second.

Meanwhile, teen mogul Justin Bieber took the crown as person of the year; his 140 character messages were retweeted 5 million times on average.

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