In a year marked by Trump and tragedy, it was one American teenager’s quest for free chicken nuggets that moved the Twittersphere to action in 2017.
‘Nugget Boy’ Carter Wilkerson’s tweet begging American fast food chain Wendy’s for free chicken nuggets was the most retweeted post of the year, gaining 3.6 million retweets.
HELP ME PLEASE. A MAN NEEDS HIS NUGGS pic.twitter.com/4SrfHmEMo3
— Carter Wilkerson (@carterjwm) 6 April 2017
While Wilkerson’s post fell short of Wendy’s request for 18 million retweets, the company has confirmed it has granted the hungry teen’s wish.
Meanwhile, former US President Barack Obama’s post quoting late South African President Nelson Mandela in response to a deadly white supremacist rally in Charlottesville, Virginia became the second most retweeted post, and the most liked tweet of all time.
“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) 13 August 2017
Here’s the full list of most globally retweeted posts for 2017
US university Penn State’s tweet pledging money, following the floods in Houston, Texas:
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) 30 August 2017
Singer Ariana Grande’s tweet after suicide bomber killed 23 outside her Manchester Arena concert:
from the bottom of my heart, i am so so sorry. i don’t have words.
— Ariana Grande (@ArianaGrande) 23 May 2017
Former US President Barack Obama’s last tweet as President:
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) 11 January 2017
Rock band Linkin Park’s tweet following the death of singer Chester Bennington
— LINKIN PARK (@linkinpark) 20 July 2017
NBA superstar LeBron James’s tweet deriding President Trump’s attempt to rescind his White House invitation to league champion Steph Curry:
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) 23 September 2017
Obama, thanking the US at the end of his term. The former US President had three of the top ten globally retweeted posts of the year:
It’s been the honor of my life to serve you. You made me a better leader and a better man.
— President Obama (@POTUS44) 20 January 2017
A tweet from Sam Martin and his dog Leo, pledging to donate dog food following the Houston floods:
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) 31 August 2017
A suicide prevention post, with a link to the suicide hotline number:
suicide hotline 1-800-273-8255
1 person ends their life every 40 seconds
will u take the time to retweet this & possibly save one of them?
— seth joesph (@sethjoesph) 28 August 2017
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