A U.S. President Dominated This Year’s List Of Most Popular Tweets. It Wasn’t Donald Trump.

 

 

Twitter came out with its annual list of the most popular tweets, moments and hashtags of 2017 on Tuesday.

As expected, a U.S. president was responsible for many of the most liked and retweeted posts of the year. Perhaps unexpectedly: that that president was Barack Obama, not Donald Trump, who has claimed the title “The Twitter President” for his constant tweeting.

Obama was responsible for three of the top ten most retweeted tweets of the year, including the second most retweeted post of 2017, which he sent the weekend of the Unite the Right white supremacist rally in Charlottesville, Va.

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“No one is born hating another person because of the color of his skin or his background or his religion…”

Two other tweets from the @POTUS44 official account, which was originally the @POTUS account Obama held as President, were in the top ten.

The teenager who tried to get a free year’s supply of chicken nuggets from Wendy’s was the most retweeted tweet of the year.

Obama also had two of the three most Liked tweets of the year, including the tweet above which came it at No. 1. It has more than 4.5 million Likes. The third most liked tweet of the year: Obama’s shoutout to Senator John McCain after it became public that McCain was diagnosed with cancer.

John McCain is an American hero & one of the bravest fighters I’ve ever known. Cancer doesn’t know what it’s up against. Give it hell, John.

Trump was still a big part of the year on Twitter despite being absent from the list of most retweeted posts. (Twitter only listed the top three most Liked tweets, and Trump wasn’t on that list either.)

PBS’s live coverage of Trump’s inauguration was the most watched livestream of the year, and Trump was also the most tweeted about “elected world leader,” ahead of Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro.

In case it wasn’t obvious, Twitter was full of political animosity in 2017. The year can be summarized by the four most popular U.S. activism hashtags:

  1. #Resist
  2. #MAGA
  3. #ImpeachTrump
  4. #TrumpTrain

A few other “winners” from 2017:

Most tweeted about TV show: Game of Thrones

Most tweeted about movie: Wonder Woman

Most retweeted athlete tweet: LeBron James calling Trump a “bum.”

U bum @StephenCurry30 already said he ain’t going! So therefore ain’t no invite. Going to White House was a great honor until you showed up!

Here are the top ten most retweeted posts of the year:

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Barack Obama

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“No one is born hating another person because of the color of his skin or his background or his religion…”

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With the current devastation in Houston, we are pledging $0.15 for every RT this gets! Please forward this along to help out those in need!

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Thank you for everything. My last ask is the same as my first. I’m asking you to believe—not in my ability to create change, but in yours.

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U bum @StephenCurry30 already said he ain’t going! So therefore ain’t no invite. Going to White House was a great honor until you showed up!

8.

It’s been the honor of my life to serve you. You made me a better leader and a better man.

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Leo and I are donating 6 lbs of dog food to Houston for every retweet this gets!!!! RT RT RT RT!!

10.

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1 person ends their life every 40 seconds

will u take the time to retweet this & possibly save one of them?

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