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