Twitter currently has around 330 million active monthly users (13 million in the UK), making it the 7th most used social media network in the UK, behind Facebook, YouTube, WhatsApp, Facebook Messenger, Instagram and Tumblr.
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.”
Just this year, over 500million tweets per day were posted on the micro-blogging platform. From funny to heartfelt, we’ve rounded up the most popular to take a look back on…
Dab on it wagwan x ???? pic.twitter.com/pGvtjSHL5p— Jeremy Clarkson (@JeremyClarkson) 24 July 2017
In at 5th place is ex-Top Gear and current Grand Tour presenter Jeremy Clarkson. The bizarre picture, which was posted out to Clarkson’s seven million followers, was reportedly taken on a holiday in Mallorca.
"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
Former President Barack Obama’s inspiring tweet, quoting the late Nelson Mandela, has become the fourth most retweeted tweet of the year. The post, which was posted in response to a white supremacist rally in Charlottesville, Virginia, was also the most liked tweet of 2017.
Sleep tight little one... ???? pic.twitter.com/iGqLXdvlVi— Jermain Defoe (@IAmJermainDefoe) 8 July 2017
Footballer Jermain Defoe’s touching tribute to Bradley Lowery was the third most retweeted post of 2017 in the UK. Despite a high-profile campaign, the youngster sadly died of neuroblastoma in July.
broken.— Ariana Grande (@ArianaGrande) 23 May 2017
from the bottom of my heart, i am so so sorry. i don't have words.
Pop star Ariana Grande’s heartfelt response to the Manchester Terror Attack in May is the second most retweeted and liked tweet of 2017.
HELP ME PLEASE. A MAN NEEDS HIS NUGGS pic.twitter.com/4SrfHmEMo3— Carter Wilkerson (@carterjwm) 6 April 2017
Believe it or not, a boy’s plea for free chicken nuggets was the most retweeted post of 2017.
In April, 16-year-old Carter Wilkerson asked US fast-food chain Wendy’s how many retweets he would need in order to receive a free, year’s supply of chicken nuggets. This post, and their reply of “18 million” has been retweeted over 3.6 million times, and has since become the most retweeted post in social media history.