Many famous personalities such as businessman Elon Musk and former U.S. President Barack Obama have already broken records for Twitter likes. Below, Techidence lists the eight most popular tweets in the history of the social network.
1. Chadwick Boseman
The tweet made to announce the death of actor Chadwick Boseman, internationally famous for the movie Black Panther, became the most liked post in the history of Twitter, with more than 7.1 million likes. The star of the Marvel movie died on August 28, 2020, as a result of colon cancer. The actor’s Twitter profile has 2.2 million followers, and the post registers more than 1.9 million retweets and 926,000 comments.
In the post, the actor’s family wrote “It is with immense sorrow that we confirm the passing of Chadwick Boseman. Chadwick was diagnosed with stage III colon cancer in 2016 and battled the disease for the past four years as it progressed to stage IV. A true fighter, Chadwick hung in there and brought many of the movies you love so much (…) It was the honor of his career to play T’Challa à in Black Panther.”
2. Elon Musk
Businessman Elon Musk bought Twitter in April 2022, promising to make the social network more fun and to make changes with a focus on free speech. After the purchase, the billionaire made a joking post on the social network and even involved the Coca-Cola company. In the post, Musk states, “I will buy Coke next time to put cocaine back in it.” This is because, until 1903, the drug was part of the components of the drink.
Elon Musk’s tweet has had more than 4.7 million likes, almost 682,000 retweets, and about 180,000 comments. Currently, the billionaire has exceeded the mark of 109 million followers on the social network.
3. Barack Obama
The former president of the United States Barack Obama made a tweet with a quote from Nelson Mandela, former president of South Africa and a leader of causes against racism. In the post, Obama, the first black president of the United States, states, “No one is born hating another person because of the color of their skin, their origin, or their religion.” The post, made in April 2017, received 4.1 million likes, more than a million retweets, and 73,000 comments. Barack Obama’s Twitter profile has more than 133 million followers.
4. Joe Biden
The current President of the United States, Joe Biden, used Twitter to make a post on January 20, 2021, the date he was sworn into office. “It’s a new day in America,” wrote the president who beat Donald Trump in the 2020 presidential election. The tweet garnered 3.9 million likes, 467,000 retweets, and just over 62,000 comments.
Joe Biden has 36 million and 200 thousand followers on the social network. His term of office began in 2021 and runs until 2024, with the possibility of reelection. Before assuming the presidency, Biden had already been Barack Obama’s vice president.
5. Barack Obama
Again on the list, Barack Obama used Twitter to mourn the passing of Kobe Bryant. The basketball player died in a helicopter crash in 2020 along with his daughter, Gianna Bryant, who was only 13 years old. In the tweet, the former president of the United States wrote: “Kobe was a legend on the court. Losing Gianna is even more painful for us as parents. Michelle and I send love and prayers to Vanessa and the entire Bryant family on an unthinkable day.” The post had 3.7 million likes, 601,000 retweets, and 14,000 comments.
6. Andy Milonakis
In May 2020, comedian Andy Milonakis made a tweet about SpaceX. At the time, Elon Musk’s company had just sent a capsule to the International Space Station (ISS) in May 2020, symbolizing the first manned trip from the U.S. after nine years. In the post, the actor wrote, “Congratulations to the astronauts who left Earth today. Good choice.” The tweet got 3.5 million likes, 705,000 retweets, and just over 20,000 comments. Andy, in turn, has already exceeded the mark of 601,000 followers on the social network.
7. Elon Musk
Billionaire Elon Musk appears once again on the list with a tweet celebrating free speech on Twitter. In the post, Musk says: “I hope even my worst critics stay on Twitter because that’s what free speech means.” The tweet earned 3.2 million likes, 368,000 retweets, and 71,000 comments.
Twitter’s profile, which has 64 million followers, has also broken records for likes. In a post made on October 4, 2021, the platform published: “Hello literally everyone”. The tweet received 3.2 million likes, 191,000 comments, and 591,000 retweets.
In the comments, one can see that profiles from other social networks interacted with Twitter. Instagram responded “Hello and happy Monday,” and WhatsApp reacted with a nod emoji and a “Hello.” Even singer Adele interacted with the tweet, responding “What’s up, babies.”