The List of Most Popular Tweets of 2017 Doesn’t Include Its Most Notorious User

President Donald Trump may be famous for his frequent and reckless use of Twitter, but he’s not among the most shared users on the social media platform. Twitter recently released a list of its most retweeted posts worldwide, and Trump was nowhere to be found. Well, almost nowhere to be found…

Trump does at least get a shout out in the #7 tweet, originally posted by NBA superstar LeBron James. In it, he refers to the president as a “bum” for trying to rescind Steph Curry’s invite to the White House after Curry said he wouldn’t go. “[Curry] already said he ain’t going!” James wrote. “Going to the White House was a great honor until you showed up!”

The other top ten tweets include…

Obama Times Three

The Twitter retweet list did have a lot of presidential power, just not by the sitting president. Barack Obama appears three times, with his leading tweet being a quote from Nelson Mandela: “No one is born hating another person because of the color of his skin or his background or his religion…” This was sent out following the hate-fueled rally and violence in Charlottesville, Va.

The tweet Obama sent weeks before leaving office hit #5. It reads, “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.”

His final goodbye as president came on Trump’s inauguration day and received 630,000 retweets. That one graciously said, “It’s been the honor of my life to serve you. You made me a better leader and a better man.”

Chicken Nuggets

The top tweet came from a high school student, Carter Wilkerson, who asked fast food chain Wendy’s how many retweets he’d need to obtain before Wendy’s gave him a year’s worth of complimentary chicken nuggets.

Wendy’s responded with “18 million,” which was probably a lofty target given that no tweet has ever been retweeted anywhere near that many times. He does have not just the year’s record but the all-time record with 3.6+ million tweets, though, so Wendy’s decided to hook him up with the nuggets anyway.

Donations Based on Retweets

#3 on the list came from The Penn State University Interfraternity Council, which promised to pay 15 cents toward Hurricane Harvey relief efforts in Texas for every retweet. The tweet got 1.1 million retweets, so the organization had to set a cap at $10,000. If you want to help in a way other than tweeting, try “How to Help Hurricane Harvey Victims.”

Sam Martin, a player on the Detroit Lions, took a similar approach, offering to donate 6 pounds of dog food to people in Houston for every retweet. About 600,000 retweets later, making it the ninth most tweeted overall, he also had to cap his generosity at $10,000, but it’s great that he was looking out for the hurricane’s four-legged victims. (Read “Are Your Pets Prepared for Natural Disasters?” to keep your own fluffy friends safe.)

Manchester Attack

After an attack at an Ariana Grande concert killed 22 people in Manchester, England, Grande took to Twitter to express her deepest sympathies, which was retweeted 1.1 million times. Amidst this tragedy, there were multiple examples of kindness and bravery to be commended.


Suicide came up twice in the top tweets, starting with #6 – a photo of Chester Bennington performing by his fellow bandmates shortly after Bennington took his own life.

The other tweet, clocking in at #10 just over the 600,000 retweet mark, is an attempt to counteract the suicide epidemic. The tweet includes the suicide hotline number – hopefully the frequency at which this number was shared helped desperate people know where they could turn to.

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Marie W
Marie W1 months ago


Colin C
Colin Clauscen7 months ago

What is Twitter ??

Carole R
Carole R7 months ago

It seems silly to me. Imagine "you know who" not making the list.

Peggy B
Peggy B7 months ago


Winn Adams
Winn A7 months ago


Winn Adams
Winn A7 months ago

No tweeting for me.

Debbi W
D. W7 months ago

I tweet petitions and news items because too many people don't bother watching the new or reading about it.

Muff-Anne Y

I mostly tweet Petitions that need signing!

Roslyn McBride
Roslyn M7 months ago

How surprising is that?

Ian C
Ian Crory7 months ago