Twitter's top tweets in 2017 includes a lot of tragedy

Twitter's top tweets in 2017 includes a lot of tragedy

Much like many other Twitter retweet campaigns, Wilkerson called on his fellow Twitter users to rally around him in support.

Penn State IFC pledged to donate to Hurricane Harvey Houston relief efforts for every retweet, offering $0.15 for every share the tweet received.

US President Donald Trump, whose posts on the site have become a key part of his communication strategy, hasn't even made the top 10 most retweeted or liked tweets this year.

Eight months after posting the most viral tweet of the year, Carter Wilkerson is still over 14m retweets short of getting his snack. The appeal was from Sam Martin, who plays for the NFL's Detroit Lions.

Meanwhile, the band Linkin Park had the sixth-most retweeted tweet with a picture of lead singer Chester Bennington, who committed suicide on July 20.

More news: Does Trump Have It Out for Mitt Romney?

All of the political and humanitarian tweets, though, were outperformed on the social media platform by one man's appeal for free chicken nuggets.

Wilkerson's post topped the list ahead of singer Ariana Grande's response to the terror attack following her concert at the MEN Arena in Manchester in May, in which the United States star said she was "broken". It was a year in which nearly every sector of society was mashed together or clashing on social media, with the "Tweeter in Chief", President Donald Trump, leading the way. Other results underscored the punch and counterpunch of politics.

Obama's most retweeted post, No. 2 overall, came on August 12, the day of a deadly white supremacist rally in Charlottesville, Virginia.

Thank you for everything. "I'm asking you to believe - not in my ability to create change, but in yours", which he tweeted on January 10. In the latter, Obama wrote on the day of Trump's inauguration that "it's been the honor of my life to serve you".

Within the U.S., Trump and Vice President Mike Pence were the top tweeted-about elected officials, followed by House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) and Obama. "You made me a better leader and a better man", was another most popular tweets of 2017. Give it hell, John.

Related Articles

  • The Met Office says Kent is set for snow

    The Met Office says Kent is set for snow

    Flights and ferry services have been cancelled while dozens of schools are closed across the north of the country. Severe winds will affect parts of Scotland, but it will generate strong and blustery winds over Ireland also.
    Senate confirms new DHS chief

    Senate confirms new DHS chief

    But Nielsen told the Senate's homeland security panel that "there is no need for a wall from sea to shining sea". She previously was the White House's deputy chief of staff where she was widely considered a close Kelly ally.
    'House of Cards' production to resume without Kevin Spacey

    'House of Cards' production to resume without Kevin Spacey

    On Nov. 26, Media Rights Capital announced that it had extended its production hiatus for another two weeks until December 8. Production on the first two episodes had already been completed and a table read for episode three was on the schedule.
  • Yemen ex-president Abdullah Saleh killed

    Yemen ex-president Abdullah Saleh killed

    Saleh loyalists accused the Houthi fighters of raiding their bases across Sana'a and beyond, an allegation that the Houthi leader has strongly denied.
    Robert Mueller has spent $3.2 million on special counsel's Russian Federation  investigation

    Robert Mueller has spent $3.2 million on special counsel's Russian Federation investigation

    US Democrats have argued federal laws protecting customer confidentiality do not apply to requests from US Congress. That figure includes a $170-million loan Trump took out to finish a hotel in Washington.
    Qualcomm make their move on Intel with Snapdragon on Windows

    Qualcomm make their move on Intel with Snapdragon on Windows

    Better yet, ASUS is pricing the new NovaGo at just $599 for the 4GB/64GB storage model while the 8GB/256GB storage model is $799. It wasn't just ASUS turning up to the Snapdragon 835-powered Windows 10 laptop party, but HP too with their new Envy x2 laptop.
  • Michael Flynn Vowed to End Russia Sanctions, According to Whistleblower

    Michael Flynn Vowed to End Russia Sanctions, According to Whistleblower

    Copson then flashed his phone at the whistleblower and said, "I just got this text message" from Flynn, who said the nuclear project was "good to go".
    IATA Releases October Passenger Traffic

    IATA Releases October Passenger Traffic

    De Juniac urged governments to "raise their game" and do more to ensure infrastructure can cope with higher aviation demand.
    Known for Zuckerberg's rivalry twins become 1st bitcoin billionaires

    Known for Zuckerberg's rivalry twins become 1st bitcoin billionaires

    Four years later, they invested $11 million of it to buy 1 percent of all now mined Bitcoins, according to reports . Bitcoin reached another new high on Sunday, crossing the threshold of a $11,826.76 a coin for the first time.
  • Amazon launches Prime Now in Singapore

    Amazon launches Prime Now in Singapore

    Amazon .com, Inc. ( NASDAQ:AMZN ) is going head-to-head with China's biggest e-commerce company in a key Asian market. Singapore will be the first country in Southeast Asia, and 16th globally, to launch Amazon Prime.
    IPL: CSK, RR allowed to retain players

    IPL: CSK, RR allowed to retain players

    So, if a franchise does not to directly retain any player, it will be allowed a maximum of three RTMs at the auctions. The purse money has been by increased for each franchise from Rs. 66 crore to Rs. 80 crore by the council.
    Oklahoma RB Rodney Anderson facing rape allegation

    Oklahoma RB Rodney Anderson facing rape allegation

    She also claims that Anderson bit her, and that when she tried to put clothes on and leave, Anderson asked her what she was doing. The Georgia Bulldogs will face off against the Oklahoma Sooners in the Rose Bowl for the College Football Playoff semifinal.