The Year 2009 In One Word, Courtesy of Twitter and Facebook Users : All Tech Considered More than 5,000 people on Twitter and Facebook responded to our request to summarize 2009 in a single word. We've mapped out a random sampling of 500 of them for your reading pleasure.
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The Year 2009 In One Word, Courtesy of Twitter and Facebook Users

On this last day of 2009, I asked people on Facebook and Twitter to summarize 2009 in a single word. I received around 5,000 replies in just a few hours. Not surprisingly, the words used were generally more negative than positive, but we did receive quite a range of them nonetheless.

As I often like to do when getting a random sampling of words, I ran them through the tag cloud generator Wordle. You can see the results in the above picture. If you'd like to get a closer look at all the words, check out the full-size image on the Wordle Web site.