Obama Beats Trump on Twitter With More Than Double the Following

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

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

U.S. President Donald Trump is perhaps the world's most famous Twitter user, but the most popular post of 2017 was from...

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.

The former Sunderland striker 's Tweet "sleep tight little one" tribute to the six-year-old from Blackhall when he died of cancer was the third most retweeted post of the year in the UK.

Twitter has released its annual list of the most popular tweets on the platform, and in a year when so much coverage of the USA president Donald Trump has been dominated by his Twitter activity, it is his predecessor Barack Obama who dominates.

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.

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".

And, in a reminder that politicians aren't always as important as they think they are, the most-retweeted tweet in 2017 was a man who got 3.6 million retweets for a post asking fast food chain Wendy's for free chicken nuggets.

Obama Thanks Himself For Climate Change Progress In Funny Moment
Obama ratified the Paris agreement in 2015, and President Trump said in June that the US would pull out of it. Both French leaders have criticized Trump's decision to ditch the climate accord.

The tweet received 1.7 million retweets and 4.6 million likes. No world leader was tweeted about more.

Mr Obama's topped the list for a tweet he sent in the aftermath of a Charlottesville, Virginia white supremacist rally descending into violence. My last ask is the same as my first.

Ariana Grande's tweet after the Manchester Arena bombing in May was the fourth most retweeted globally.

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

"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". But all told, more than half of the top 10 most retweeted had a noticeably somber tone.

It's been the honor of my life to serve you.

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