Twitter is the place where you can find endless content from all around the world, but, what really gets the people going? Tweets can involve pop culture, work, news, and anything in between. So, it is no wonder that Twitter is one of the most powerful social networking tools on the internet right now. What is incredible about Twitter is that tweets from ANYONE can go viral in a matter of hours if they get to the right people. In this article, we are going to take a look at the top ten best tweets that received the most engagement and see what made them tick.
— Yusaku Maezawa (MZ) 前澤 友作 (@yousuck2020) January 5, 2019
Yusake Maezawa is a Chinese native who has reached billionaire status fro his entrepreneurial skills. Yusake is the founder of the largest online shopping mall in the world called Zozotown. His tweet was retweeted 4.9 million times and was the most talked-about subject on the internet. In order to market his brand and his new aspirations of commercial space travel, Yusake promised 1 million Yen to 100 randomly selected people who retweeted the post. Needless to say, Twitter flocked to the idea of free money and the posts engagement skyrocketed in a matter of hours. The post has since been liked by 1.5 million people and continues to circulate Twitter despite the fact that the giveaway is over.
HELP ME PLEASE. A MAN NEEDS HIS NUGGS pic.twitter.com/4SrfHmEMo3
— Carter Wilkerson (@carterjwm) April 6, 2017
Carter Wilkerson was an unknown Twitter user, one of the millions of people who casually use the app. As a joke, Carter asked Wendy’s how many retweets he would have to get in order for him to get free chicken nuggets for a year. Wendy’s shockingly responded with 18 million and the race began. Carter tweeted the conversation and the tweet instantly blew up garnering 3.5 million retweets in a matter of weeks. He never reached the goal but he did get $1,000 of free chicken nuggets, an episode on Ellen DeGeneres, and a feature in a Katy Perry Music video. Carter showcased the power of the internet and just what people are willing to do for free chicken nuggets.
— Ellen DeGeneres (@TheEllenShow) March 3, 2014
Ellen’s tweet was one of the best photos Twitter has ever seen. It was a selfie taken by Bradley cooper that included Meryl Streep, Jennifer Lawrence, Brad Pitt, and many more very well-known actors at the 2014 Oscar awards. The photo shows pure joy and happiness as we get to see the friendship and happiness this group has. It is not often that you get to see the real side of actors, but, when it happens, it is awesome to see. It’s no wonder, then, that the tweet was retweeted 3.3 million times since the Oscars.
Always in my heart @Harry_Styles . Yours sincerely, Louis
— Louis Tomlinson (@Louis_Tomlinson) October 2, 2011
Louis Tomlinson is one of the main singers of the band formerly known as One Direction. When the band split up in 2015, the music fan base was shocked to hear the news and was saddened to see the band splitting up. With the members’ relationship with each other in question, Louis tweeted “Always in my heart” and tagged Harry Styles, another of the band’s premier members. The internet erupted with joy as we saw the relationship come back to life on Twitter. Now 2.68 million retweets later, it has become the 4th most engaged tweet of all time.
— elrubius 🦋 (@Rubiu5) August 20, 2016
El Rubius is the owner of the 4th most popular gaming YouTube channel in the world. His tweet’s 2.24 million retweets are the result of his YouTube video in which he promised a giveaway of lemonade to random followers if they could retweet his tweet over 2 million times. The tweet simply said “LIMONADA” and grew with huge popularity at the idea of free lemonade. The gamer is known as elrubiusOMG on YouTube and has a massive following for his gaming tutorials and “Let’s Play” series which has led to this tweet’s popularity.
I’m going give someone random who retweets this tweet $10,000 because it’s my birthday and I feel like being nice ☺️ (you have to be following me so I can dm you the code if you win)
— MrBeast (@MrBeastYT) May 7, 2019
Mr. Beast has gained his popularity through giveaways. He runs his YouTube channel using challenges for his group of friends such as whoever stays running on the treadmill the longest wins $20,000. This tweet was no different. Mr. Beast said that he would give away $10,000 to a random person who retweets his post because he was “Feeling nice.” I think we all wish we could give away $10,000 because we were feeling nice as well and the chance at $10,000 excited nearly 1.7 million people enough to have them retweet the tweet. He picked the winner in 72 hours and has carved his way into our list of the best tweets that received the most engagement.
"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) August 13, 2017
In a world of racial division, former president Barack Obama is always looking to solve race relations one step at a time. This time it came in the form of a tweet with him reaching his hand out to a group of multiracial children in a window stating that no one was born with hate. It was a very powerful message by a person who has taken a massive step in race relations in the United States. The heartwarming and powerful message garnered 1.65 million retweets and circulated the internet extremely quickly.
LIMONADA 2.0 🗿
— elrubius 🦋 (@Rubiu5) September 29, 2018
El Rubius is back on our list for the same tweet he had posted previously. This tweet was titled LIMONADA 2.0 which was the same premise as LIMONADA in which he would ask for retweets and give away free lemonade to randomly selected followers. Talk about a great marketing strategy, El Rubius is a household name of Twitter and continues to grow in popularity because of posts like this with 1.45 million retweets.
With the current devastation in Houston, we are pledging $0.15 for every RT this gets! Please forward this along to help out those in need! pic.twitter.com/lodyOBE0eG
— Penn State IFC (@PennStateIFC) August 30, 2017
Penn State’s Interfraternity Council made a massive impact in disaster relief efforts after their highly engaged tweet. Penn States IFC pledged $0.15 to disaster relief in Houston for every retweet they received. 1.1 million retweets later and Penn State IFC donated $150,000 to disaster relief after the hurricane that swept through Houston Texas. The tweet goes to show the power of social media to bring together people for a common goal and to help those in need.
If the Cleveland Cavaliers win the 2018 NBA finals I’ll buy everyone who retweet’s this a jersey…
— Damarious Randall (@RandallTime) May 29, 2018
Damarious Randall’s tweet was a giveaway based on a contentious statement about the NBA team the Cleveland Cavaliers. He stated that if they won the NBA Finals that he would purchase anyone who retweets this tweet a jersey of their choosing. Lucky for him, the Cavaliers were not successful in clinching the victory in the NBA Finals but not before over 1 million people retweeted the post which would have cost Damarius close to 40 million dollars to make good on his promise. Don’t worry Twitter, well get him next time!