A guy with an insatiable appetite for chicken nuggets and President Barack Obama are among those making the biggest splash on Twitter this year. Twitter on Tuesday released its top trending people and topics for 2017, ranging from sports, to politics, to Korean boy bands.
Following are the most retweeted tweets of 2017.
HELP ME PLEASE. A MAN NEEDS HIS NUGGS pic.twitter.com/4SrfHmEMo3— Carter Wilkerson (@carterjwm) April 6, 2017
The most retweeted tweet came from fast food lover Carter Wilkerson, who, on a quest for a year's worth of free chicken nuggets, pleaded with the world to retweet: "HELP ME PLEASE. A MAN NEEDS HIS NUGGS." He fell short of the 18-million retweet bar set by Wendy's, the purveyor of Wikerson's obsession, but the fast-food chain gave Wilkerson his nuggets anyway for the effort.
"No one is born hating another person because of the color of his skin or his background or his religion..." pic.twitter.com/InZ58zkoAm— Barack Obama (@BarackObama) August 13, 2017
President Barack Obama, with 1.7 million retweets in August, was second, posting, "No one is born hating another person because of the color of his skin or his background or his religion..." It is a quote from Nelson Mandela.
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! pic.twitter.com/lodyOBE0eG— Penn State IFC (@PennStateIFC) August 30, 2017
broken.— Ariana Grande (@ArianaGrande) May 23, 2017
from the bottom of my heart, i am so so sorry. i don't have words.
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.— President Obama (@POTUS44) January 11, 2017
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!— LeBron James (@KingJames) September 23, 2017
The blasting by Cleveland Cavaliers star Lebron James of President Donald Trump rocketed around the world after he "rescinded" Stephen Curry's invitation to the White House to celebrate the Golden State Warrior's NBA championship. Curry, like other prominent players on the team, said that he didn't want to visit Trump in the White House.
It's been the honor of my life to serve you. You made me a better leader and a better man.— President Obama (@POTUS44) January 20, 2017
suicide hotline 1-800-273-8255— seth joesph (@sethjoesph) August 28, 2017
1 person ends their life every 40 seconds
will u take the time to retweet this & possibly save one of them?
Other 2017 Twitter highlights
Twitter on Tuesday released its top trending people and topics for 2017, ranging from sports to politics to Korean boy bands. It was a year in which almost every sector of society was mashed together or clashing on social media, with the "Tweeter in Chief," President Donald Trump, leading the way.
Half of the top 10 tweets reveal a year marked by tragedy and sorrow, from a Houston submerged in water, to a concert in Manchester, England, where a suicide bomber killed 22 people, including children.
While he did not make the most retweeted list, Trump took the top spot for the most tweeted about elected world leader. He also came in No. 1 for top tweeted U.S. elected officials, with Vice President Mike Pence and Speaker of the House Paul Ryan taking second and third.
PBS' special live coverage of Trump's inauguration day was the most viewed live stream broadcast of the year.
Of course, the political atmosphere in America, activism and hashtags ruled Twitter, with #Resist the most used. That was followed by #MAGA, #ImpeachTrump, #TrumpTrain, #WomensMarch and #NotMyPresident.