Twitter’s top retweets of 2017 revealed – how many of these popular posts do you remember?


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Twitter's top retweets of 2017 revealed - how many popular posts do you remember?
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One man’s call for free chicken nuggets was the most retweeted post of 2017 in the UK on Twitter, the social site has revealed.

In April, Carter Wilkerson asked US fast-food chain Wendy’s how many retweets he would need in order to receive free nuggets for a year.

His post of their reply – asking for 18 million – has been retweeted more than 3.6 million times since.

The post is now the most retweeted in the social media site’s history, and the food chain has agreed to award Wilkerson his nuggets.

Wilkerson’s post topped the list ahead of singer Ariana Grande’s response to the terror attack following her concert at the MEN Arena in Manchester in May, in which the US star said she was ‘broken’.

1. Carter Wilkerson asks for free chicken nuggets

2. Ariana Grande responds to the terror attack at her concert in Manchester

from the bottom of my heart, i am so so sorry. i don't have words.

— Ariana Grande (@ArianaGrande) May 23, 2017

3. Jermain Defoe pays tribute to ‘best friend’ Bradley Lowery

4. Barack Obama’s message of equality

5. Former footballer Andy Johnson tweets his support for Aaron Lennon

Footballer Jermain Defoe’s ‘sleep tight little one’ tribute to Bradley Lowery was the third most retweeted post of the year in the UK.

The young Sunderland fan had formed a touching bond with the striker during an awareness campaign for cancer in young children, but died of neuroblastoma in July.

Former US president Barack Obama was fourth among UK users with his message of equality that ‘no one is born hating another person because of the colour of his skin or his background or his religion’, which has in total been retweeted more than 1.7 million times globally.

Former footballer Andy Johnson completed the top five with a message to ‘EndTheStigma’ surrounding mental health and to support Everton star Aaron Lennon after he was detained under the mental health act.

Jeremy Clarkson’s attempt to dab and six-foot-seven-inch Stoke striker Peter Crouch appearing alongside two giraffes and joking of spending ‘time with family’ also appeared in the top ten.

Twitter UK managing director Dara Nasr said: ‘The UK’s biggest retweets of the year are a great way to look back on some of our more notable tweets, and what a collection we have from poignant moments, acts of amazing charity and the usual dose of comedy.

‘In what’s been a tough twelve months for many, this year’s Top 10 UK retweets really show the difference people can make on Twitter, no matter whether you have just a handful of followers or many millions.’

6. Jeremy Clarkson dabs

7. PC Dave Wise raises awareness for suicide prevention

UK's suicide prevention line – 116 123

Will you retweet and possibly save a life?

— PC Dave Wise (@CopThatCooks) October 9, 2017

8. Peter Crouch spends time with ‘family’

9. @LucidWhim raises awareness for breast cancer

10. @Officialwinemom captions Jeremy Corbyn video

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