Trump tweets: Obama's shared more than sitting USA president

Three tweets by former president Barack Obama made it into Twitter's Top 10 list of retweeted messages for this year

Aside from the silly positivity of the chicken nuggets guy and LeBron James' infamous "U Bum" comment, numerous other top tweets centered support during tragedy.

The social media platform's most shared tweet of the year was from a 17-year-old Nevada resident who asked United States fast food chain Wendy's how many retweets he would need to get a year's worth of free chicken nuggets.

Mr Obama's topped the list for a tweet he sent in the aftermath of a Charlottesville, Virginia white supremacist rally descending into violence. Soon after it was posted in August, it attracted a record 4.5 million likes.

Obama's tweet quoting Nelson Mandela, stating "no one is born hating another person because of the color of his skin or his background or his religion." had more than 1.7m retweets and was the second most popular tweet of the year.

To date, his tweet has been shared over three million times. It received 1.2 million retweets, but they capped their donation at $10,000 or 67,000 retweets.

Other posts that made the 2017 most retweeted list include one from Ariana Grande following the attack in Manchester, England. Twenty-two victims died in the bombing.

But overall, the most retweeted and liked tweets reflected a tough year with notable Twitter users taking to the social network to share their grief, anguish and support with others, in some cases getting millions of replies from the service's 330 million monthly users in the process.

The current occupant of the White House was, however, the most tweeted-about world leader though.

The most tweeted activist hashtag was #Resist, as in resist Trump, followed by #MAGA for Trump's slogan Make America Great Again.

It's been the honor of my life to serve you.

Within the U.S., Trump and Vice President Mike Pence were the top tweeted-about elected officials, followed by House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) and Obama.

In what is the only video on the top 9 list, Sam Martin of the Detroit Lions sits with his dog as he promises to donate 6 lbs of dog food for every retweet to Houston in the wake of Hurricane Harvey.

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