Francis beat out NSA leaker Edward Snowden, real-life Disney princess – and also the Duchess of Cambridge – Kate Middleton, and even Miley Cyrus, who practically was the entire Internet for a post-VMA minute.
The Pope's Twitter handle, @Pontifex, was the fourth most-talked about word in 2013 so far. Given that the most-talked about words were "403" (the numeric code for a broken page on the Internet), "fail" (the Internet's go-to slang-taunt for anything that doesn't work), and "hashtag," (or "#," which aggregates topics on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook), that's a pretty serious victory.
Whether it's his proficiency with selfies, his remarkably candid takes on celibacy, gay marriage and atheism, or just the super-cool Pope-like stuff he's been doing, Francis is clearly deserving of the imaginary award we just made up called The 2013 Internet Medal of Honor. Take a bow, Francis – you earned this.