40 Essential Mashable Stories You May Have Missed in 2012

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Now that the year is nearing a close, it's an appropriate time to reflect on the prodigious growth of digital culture in 2012.

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Social media is more popular than ever. Facebook has more than one billion users. The number of active smartphones also eclipsed one billion in 2012. The Internet is becoming so essential to our lives, we want to take it with us wherever we go.

Even though the web constantly moves forward at a blistering pace, at Mashable we've been doing our best to keep you up to speed. What you may or may not have noticed as our flurry of posts sailed through your Twitter feed is that, in addition to writing quick hitting news stories, our editorial staff regularly posts in-depth, feature-length articles on a multitude of topics, all relating back to digital and tech culture.

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Here is a list of 40 of our most memorable stories from the past year. We hope you enjoy reading them as much as we did writing them.

Internet "How-To"

Making the Internet a more user-friendly place is our bread and butter. Here are a few stories that will surely help improve your online experience.

2012's Major Strides in Digital

While the previous batch of stories were about how to utilize the Internet, these features are about how the Internet has come of age in 2012. You'll find stories about technology, social media and digital business.

Entertainment

The digital sphere is constantly redefining how entertainers connect and interact with fans. Here are a few stories about how pop singers, indie artists, NBA stars, TV personalities, comedians and slam dunk specialists are leveraging the Internet both to further their personal brands and to have a good time.

Politics

A ton of political news broke in 2012, from a contentious U.S. presidential election to continuing uprisings in the Middle East. As you might expect, our political coverage focused on the digital angle. With excerpts from our Politics Transformed series, here are some political stories worth another look.

Human Interest

Even though the point of the Internet is usually to interact with others remotely, it is good to keep in mind that there are still human beings involved in this equation. Here are a handful of stories, both inspiring and tragic, about how online interactions can profoundly affect people's "real" lives.

Op-Ed

Every so often, something will inspire one of our top editors or brilliant guest writers (such as Sally Ride) to create a strongly-worded opinion piece. Here are a few of our most memorable op-ed stories from 2012.

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BONUS: The 10 Most Viral YouTube Videos of 2012

1. KONY 2012

Invisible Children, a movement seeking to end the conflict in Uganda, created the film Kony 2012. They hoped it would accelerate the arrest of Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA) leader Joseph Kony, who has been kidnapping and abducting Uganda’s youth for nearly three decades. With more than 100 million views in six days, Kony 2012 became the most viral video in history. The movement, however, ended quite strangely. The video's creator, Jason Russell, was detained in the Pacific Beach neighborhood, with charges of public drunkenness and lewd behavior.

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