Tweets were fast and furious during 2017, with plenty of politics, calls for hurricane relief and even a plea for chicken nuggets. Former President Barack Obama had three of the top 10 retweeted tweets this year, CNN reported. Here are the top 10 retweets in the world, according to CNN:
No. 1: He wants those nuggets
On April 5, Nevada high school student Carter Wilkerson tweeted the Wendy's account and asked how many retweets were needed to get a year’s supply of free chicken nuggets. The fast-food chain said 18 million. Wilkerson got more than 3.6 million retweets, so Wendy’s granted his request.
HELP ME PLEASE. A MAN NEEDS HIS NUGGS pic.twitter.com/4SrfHmEMo3— Carter Wilkerson (@carterjwm) April 6, 2017
No. 2: Obama reacts to Charlottesville
On Aug. 12, Obama quoted Nelson Mandela in a tweet after a white supremacist rally in Charlottesville, Virginia, turned violent and resulted in the death of counter-protester Heather Heyer. The tweet was retweeted more than 1.7 million times and was the most-liked tweet in Twitter history, CNN reported.
"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
No. 3: Penn State gives relief to hurricane victims
On Aug. 30, the Interfraternity Council at Pennsylvania State University pledged 15 cents for every retweet for relief to victims of Hurricane Harvey in Texas. The council capped its donations at $10,000, according to the Daily Collegian. The tweet has received more than 1.1 million retweets.
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
No. 4: Ariana Grande reacts to Manchester attack
Singer/actress Ariana Grande tweeted that she was “broken” the night that 22 were killed in an attack at her concert in Manchester, England. Her tweet was retweeted 1.1 million times.
broken.— Ariana Grande (@ArianaGrande) May 23, 2017
from the bottom of my heart, i am so so sorry. i don't have words.
No. 5: Obama says ‘thank you’
On Jan. 10, Obama’s thanks to his supporters as his term drew to a close received more than 869,000 retweets.
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
No. 6: Linkin Park pays tribute to Chester Bennington
Chester Bennington, the lead singer of Linkin Park, committed suicide in July. On July 20, the band posted a photograph of Bennington performing in concert. The post was retweeted more than 787,000 times.
No. 7: ‘U bum’: LeBron James takes shot at Trump
Cleveland Cavaliers star LeBron James answered a Donald Trump tweet in September after the president rescinded Steph Curry's invitation to the White House. Curry had already said he wasn’t going to the ceremony at the White House, which was to honor the Golden State Warriors’ NBA title. James’ tweet was retweeted more than 660,000 times.
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
No. 8: Obama’s farewell
Obama’s tweet, three hours before he left office on Jan. 20, said that serving as president was “the honor of my my life.” It was retweeted more than 630,000 times.
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
No. 9: Sam Martin pledges dog food for Houston canines
Detroit Lions punter Sam Martin asked for retweets to help with hurricane relief in Houston. He pledged six pounds of dog food for every retweet and also donated $10,000 toward relief for Hurricane Harvey victims. His post was retweeted more than 623,000 times.
Leo and I are donating 6 lbs of dog food to Houston for every retweet this gets!!!! RT RT RT RT!! pic.twitter.com/bcTT905knP— Sam (@SamMartin_6) August 31, 2017
No. 10: Suicide hotline
The telephone number for the suicide hotline became a hit song by Logic, Alessia Cara and Khalid. Twitter user @sethjoseph had his post retweeted more than 604,000 times.
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?
And what about Trump? The President, a prolific tweeter, had more than 363,000 retweets when he posted a 28-second video of him wrestling a man with a CNN logo superimposed on his head.