The top retweets of 2017: Chicken nuggets, Obama, but no Trump

Ariana Grande

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

Twitter may be the preferred social media platform of President Donald Trump, but his 2017 tweets are nowhere to be found among the platform's most popular posts of the year.

Others, including the most shared tweet of the year, expose social media's other-side-of-the-looking-glass panorama. Earlier this year, it broke the record for most liked tweet ever, with 4.5 million likes. 5 and 8, respectively.

"This included thank you for everything".

It 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".

One urged Americans to embrace their ability to effect change, and the other - issued on the day of Mr Trump's inauguration - said his time in office had been "the honor of my life".

"In what's been a tough 12 months for many, this year's Top 10 United Kingdom retweets really show the difference people can make on Twitter, no matter whether you have just a handful of followers or many millions". Cleveland Cavaliers star Lebron James was seventh, with a tweet that criticized President Donald Trump over his decision to rescind Stephen Curry's invitation to the White House to celebrate the Golden State Warrior's National Basketball Association championship. Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto, Argentinean President Mauricio Macri and British Prime Minister Theresa May filled out spots six, seven and eight.

But three tweets by former President Obama made the list.

Indian-American Preet Bharara, this year, emerged as the top followed new United States political account. Former acting Attorney General Sally Yates, fired by Trump in January, was No. 2, followed by Obama's deputy national security adviser Ben Rhodes.

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.

The top 10 most tweeted-about news outlets of the year are Fox News, CNN, New York Times, MSNBC, Washington Pist, The Hill, NBC news, ABC, Politico and AP.

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