The president of the United States, Donald Trump, is perhaps the most famous Twitter user in the world to make tremble through his controversial statements through the social network, but the most popular tweet of 2017 was his predecessor Barack Obama.
Three tweets from the former US leader reached the list of the top 10 Twitter messages retweeted this year. On August 12, at 20.06 hours, the predecessor of Donald Trump in the White House, Barack Obama, posted on his official account a message showing a picture of children of different races looking out the window at Obama with the appointment of Nelson Mandela: “Nobody is born hating another person because of their skin color or their religion.” This tweet has reached 4.6 million “likes”, the message with more “likes” in the history of Twitter.
The second tweet with more “I like” of the year was published by the singer Ariana Grande after another tragedy, in this case the shooting at his concert at Manchester Arena last May. “Rota, from the bottom of my heart, I am very sorry, I have no words,” said the singer after learning the extent of the massacre, which took place when she had left the stage. The third place was occupied by Obama again, when in July he sent a message of support to his former opponent, the Republican John McCain, after learning that he was suffering from cancer.
However, the most shared message in this social network was not a politician, nor a celebrity. On April 5, Carter Wilkerson, published a tweets where he asked the fast food chain Wendy’s how many retweets would be needed to get a year of free chicken nuggets. The next day they responded from the official account that 18 million would be enough. Currently his tweet has been shared more than three million 600,000 times and collects more than 980,000 “likes”.
Twitter has also spread to the most mentioned leaders in 2017. The first place is occupied by the US president, Donald Trump, in second place, the Indian prime minister, Narendra Modi and in the third place is the Venezuelan leader, Nicolás Maduro. Argentine President Mauricio Macri also appears on the list; his Colombian counterpart, Juan Manuel Santos and the French president, Emmanuel Macron. The president of Mexico, Enrique Peña Nieto is in sixth place.