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'A Man Needs His Nuggs': The Top Tweets From Around the World in 2017

Picture of Claire Lancaster
Tech & Entrepreneurship Editor
Updated: 5 December 2017

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.

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.

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:

Singer Ariana Grande’s tweet after suicide bomber killed 23 outside her Manchester Arena concert:

Former US President Barack Obama’s last tweet as President:

Rock band Linkin Park’s tweet following the death of singer Chester Bennington

NBA superstar LeBron James’s tweet deriding President Trump’s attempt to rescind his White House invitation to league champion Steph Curry:

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:

A tweet from Sam Martin and his dog Leo, pledging to donate dog food following the Houston floods:

A suicide prevention post, with a link to the suicide hotline number:

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