Twitter Year in Review, 2017: The Nuggets Have It

Carter Wilkerson’s appetite for Wendy’s 'nuggs' led to Twitter’s most retweeted global tweet for 2017

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Twitter climbed aboard the 2017 in review train, and its most retweeted tweet worldwide was a plea for chicken nuggets.

Carter Wilkerson’s appetite for Wendy’s “nuggs” led to Twitter’s most retweeted global tweet for 2017.

The tweet that drew the most likes worldwide was a plea for racial equality from former President Barack Obama.

The most retweeted tweet from an athlete worldwide was National Basketball Association superstar LeBron James poking fun at President Donald Trump for rescinding his invitation to the league champion Golden State Warriors to visit the White House, after Warriors superstar Stephen Curry had already said he would not attend.

Miss Universe 2017 was the most-tweeted-about global television event.

The most-tweeted-about global celebrity and musician was BTS, while Trump was the most-tweeted-about elected world leader.

Real Madrid’s #halamadrid was the year’s top global sports hashtag, while the National Football League’s @NFL was the top sports handle.

The most viewed livestream on Twitter in 2017 was PBS NewsHour’s coverage of Trump’s inauguration, while the most shared Twitter Moment was NASA’s discovery of seven Earth-sized planets orbiting a nearby star.

In the U.S., the most-tweeted-about television show was Game of Thrones, while Stranger Things took the title for streaming TV shows and Wonder Woman led movies.

Full lists from Twitter follow:

Most retweeted tweets, global:

Most liked tweets, global:

Most retweeted athlete tweets, global:

Most-tweeted-about televised events, global:

  1. Miss Universe (the most tweeted hour of the year occurred during this telecast)
  2. 2017 Billboard Music Awards (global volume driven by BTS winning top social artist)
  3. Super Bowl LI (the dramatic end to the game was one of the most tweeted moments of the year)

Most-tweeted-about celebrities, global:

  1. BTS
  2. Seventeen
  3. Camila Cabello
  4. Justin Bieber
  5. Maine Mendoza
  6. Niall Horan
  7. Harry Styles
  8. Ethan Dolan
  9. Monsta X
  10. Grayson Dolan

Most-tweeted-about elected world leaders:

  1. Trump
  2. Narendra Modi
  3. Nicolás Maduro
  4. Recep Tayyip Erdoğan
  5. Emmanuel Macron
  6. Enrique Peña Nieto
  7. Mauricio Macri
  8. Theresa May
  9. Juan Manuel Santos
  10. Joko Widodo

Most-tweeted-about musicians, global:

  1. BTS
  2. Seventeen
  3. Cabello
  4. Bieber
  5. Horan
  6. Styles
  7. Monsta X
  8. Shawn Mendes
  9. EXO
  10. Louis Tomlinson

Top sports hashtags, global:

  1. #halamadrid
  2. #football
  3. #mufc
  4. #realmadrid
  5. #ucl
  6. #mlb
  7. #sports
  8. #wwe
  9. #superbowl
  10. #patriots

Top sports handles, global:

  1. NFL
  2. Manchester United
  3. World Wrestling Entertainment
  4. Bleacher Report
  5. Real Madrid
  6. NBA
  7. Cristiano Ronaldo
  8. Arsenal
  9. James
  10. Chelsea

Most-viewed livestreams, global:

  1. PBS NewsHour coverage of Trump’s inauguration, Jan. 20
  2. BBC U.K. election night results, June 8
  3. Chasing Eclipse, The Weather Channel, Aug. 21
  4. Global Citizen Festival, Sept. 23
  5. DreamHack Summer, June 19
  6. Billboard Grammy Awards Preshow, Feb. 12
  7. One Love Manchester, June 4
  8. ESL One NYC, Sept. 16
  9. DreamHack Masters Malmo, Aug. 31
  10. American Music Awards Red Carpet Live, Nov. 19

Most-shared Twitter Moments, U.S.:

  1. NASA found seven Earth-sized planets orbiting a nearby star
  2. Beyoncé is pregnant again!
  3. There’s a lunar triple threat hitting the skies ? ?
  4. Thousands gather for Women’s March on Washington
  5. High school lets seniors go in costume for their IDs and it’s fantastic

Most-tweeted-about TV shows, U.S.:

  1. Game of Thrones
  2. Stranger Things
  3. Big Brother
  4. 13 Reasons Why
  5. Saturday Night Live
  6. The Walking Dead
  7. Grey’s Anatomy
  8. The Voice
  9. Supernatural
  10. Pretty Little Liars

Most-tweeted-about streaming TV shows, U.S.:

  1. Stranger Things
  2. 13 Reasons Why
  3. Orange Is the New Black
  4. House of Cards
  5. Sense8
  6. Narcos
  7. The Get Down
  8. The Handmaid’s Tale
  9. BoJack Horseman
  10. Daredevil

Most-tweeted-about movies, U.S.:

  1. Wonder Woman
  2. La La Land
  3. Dunkirk
  4. Spider-Man: Homecoming
  5. Justice League
  6. It
  7. Beauty and the Beast
  8. Thor: Ragnarok
  9. Black Panther
  10. Fifty Shades Darker David Cohen is editor of Adweek's Social Pro Daily.