It can be hard to have one of the most viral posts in Twitter history as you have to already have a large following while also saying something that catches the attention of even the most casual of Twitter users. There have been a handful of tweets that have garnered millions of likes, with some standing out well above the rest. In fact, the most liked tweet has more than 2 million likes above any other. Here are the five that went viral and got the most attention.
Joe Biden Becomes President
The 2020 Presidential election was one of the most contentious ones that the United States has ever seen. Donald Trump had been running for re-election, but ultimately lost out to former US Vice President Joe Biden. That didn’t stop Trump and his supporters from claiming that the election results weren’t valid, which led to both sides becoming even more heated toward one another.
Despite all of the lawsuits and court hearings, Biden’s win was declared legitimate and he was sworn in as the 46th President of the United States on January 20, 2021. Biden had his first tweet as President that day, simply tweeting “It’s a new day in America.” Millions of people liked the tweet over the course of the day, and despite being in the first three weeks of 2021, became the most viral tweet of the year.
Greta Thunberg Claps Back
Nobody has been a bigger lightning rod on social media than Andrew Tate. Tate has had a lot of controversial opinions, especially when it comes to relationships with women. Tate has even tweeted out at other notable people on social media, including environmental activist Greta Thunberg. Tate posted a photograph of himself fueling up his car, saying that he has 33 of them.
Tate then said in the tweet “Please provide your email address so I can send a complete list of my car collection and their respective enormous emissions.” Thunberg’s viral tweet responded to Tate by saying “yes, please do enlighten me. Email me at email@example.com.” Tate attempted to create another response of his own but received less than 10 percent of the number of likes and gave away his location via a pizza box, leading to his arrest.
Barack Obama’s Response to Charlottesville
In August 2017, James Alex Fields Jr. caused havoc in Charlottesville, Virginia when he ran his car through a crowd of protesters. The protestors were standing against the Unite the Right rally, and it was found that Fields had neo-Nazi beliefs. There were dozens of people injured as he drove his Dodge Challenger through the crowd, ultimately taking the life of Heather Danielle Heyer.
Fields pleaded guilty to a hate crime act resulting in death and 28 counts of hate crime acts that carried an attempted murder charge. Barack Obama, who had left the White House as President just a few months prior, quotes Nelson Mandela on Twitter in a post that went viral. He started out by saying “No one is born hating another person because of the color of his skin or his background or his religion,” garnering over 4 million likes on the social media platform.
Elon Musk Buys Twitter
2022 was perhaps the most interesting year for Twitter as there was a change at the top for the first time in the site’s history. Billionaire and oft-richest man in the world Elon Musk acquired Twitter for $44 billion in one of the most talked-about acquisitions ever. Musk had been a regular on the platform and he only became more involved after he took over.
On April 27, 2022, shortly after the acquisition was announced, Musk said that he had another purchase in mind. “Next I’m buying Coca-Cola to put the cocaine back in,” Musk tweeted. Originally, the drug was part of the Coca-Cola formula, and Musk was clearly joking, but it did draw a lot of attention. Unfortunately for Musk, Coca-Cola would be nearly a $200 billion investment if he wanted it.
Chadwick Boseman’s Death
Chadwick Boseman had starred in many films throughout his career, but most know him for playing T’Challa (a.k.a The Black Panther) in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. “Black Panther” was a monumental film and one of the highest-grossing movies in cinema history. For the final years of his life, Boseman was battling colon cancer, and only those who were closest to him knew.
That’s why so many people were blindsided on August 28, 2020, when his Twitter account announced his death, with his family making the post. “It is with immeasurable grief that we confirm the passing of Chadwick Boseman,” the tweet read. “Chadwick was diagnosed with stage III colon cancer in 2016, and battled with it these last 4 years as it progressed to stage IV.”