Barack Obama trumps Donald Trump in Twitter Top 10 of 2017

Donald Trump is an ardent user of Twitter but none of his tweets made it to the list.

Former US President Barack Obama gestures as he speaks at an innovative communications conference organised by Les Napoleons network group, where he appears as a guest of honour, in Paris, France, on December 2, 2017. Three of his tweets made it onto Twitter's Top 10 list of retweeted messages for this year. PHOTO | MARTIN BUREAU | AFP 

IN SUMMARY

  • President Donald Trump was the elected leader most tweeted about. But none of his tweets made it to Twitter's 2017 Top 10 list.

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US President Donald Trump is perhaps the world's most famous Twitter user, but the most popular post of 2017 was from... Barack Obama.

Three tweets by the former US leader made it onto Twitter's Top 10 list of retweeted messages for this year but there were none from Trump despite his prolific use of the platform.

MOST LIKED

Trump was, however, the elected leader most tweeted about, Twitter said.

A tweet racking up the most "likes," about 4.6 million as of Tuesday, came from Obama's personal Twitter account on the day of a deadly white supremacist rally in Charlottesville, Virginia.

A screen grab of a tweet by former US President Barack Obama. PHOTO | BARACK OBAMA | TWITTER 

The tweet showed a photo of a racially diverse group of children looking out a window at Obama as he smiled back, and bore a quote from Nelson Mandela.

The same Twitter post was the second most re-tweeted of the year, behind a tweet from a teenager trying to win a year's supply of chicken nuggets from fast food chain Wendy's.

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