by G. Brown
As we hurl towards the end of another year, reflections on what 2017 brought us are already underway. It’s been a year of highs, lows, joys and frustrations. No better way to keep tabs on the pulse of the year than to look back at some of the trending topics on social media.
Huff Post gives us some of the Most Popular Tweets of the year in an article that gauges Tweets by categories of ‘most likes’, ‘most retweeted’ and greatest number of followers. Who takes the top slot for 2017…former President Barack Obama.
According to Huff Post, Twitter revealed “Three of Obama’s tweets made the “most retweeted” list and two appeared in the “most liked” category.” But the article says it was Obama’s passionate and beautiful plea for racial peace during that violent White nationalist protest in Charlottesville, Virginia that was both the ‘most liked’ and ‘most retweeted’ post’.
“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
Moving and comforting posts like that are the reason Obama has nearly 98 million followers on Twitter…double the number of followers for the current president.
Trump did manage to beat out Obama in one category according to Huff Post, “he was crowned the most tweeted about elected world leader this year.” Yeah, some of the pride Trump might feel with that consolation prize disappears in the article’s next sentence–“But as various stories have noted, he’s often mentioned in a negative light.” Those negative mentions include tweets like this one from NBA star Lebron James which also racked up ‘likes’ and ‘retweets’ into the millions…
U bum @StephenCurry30 already said he ain’t going! So therefore ain’t no invite. Going to White House was a great honor until you showed up!
— LeBron James (@KingJames) September 23, 2017
The Huff Post article made no mention of Black Twitter which may not have generated the ‘most likes’ or ‘most retweets’, but hands down delivered some of the deepest cuts and most severe burns of 2017.
No topic is too hot when it comes to Black Twitter and there’s commentary on everything from social issues… to U.S. and world politics….
Stop slave trade in Libya. Gone are the days when the black man was seen as inferior. #BlackTwitter and the world at large, let’s stand with our Libyan brothers and sisters. pic.twitter.com/ycGDhwiTEB
— Ndaire™ (@sndaire) November 30, 2017
— 🇳🇦 (@nelao_embula) November 28, 2017
Let’s test Trump mental emotional reaction… #UNFOLLOWTRUMP &POTUS ACCOUNTS and lets see what happens. We need 100k -millions to be noticed.The media & right blog will get it first.#TheResistance #Resistance #BlackTwitter #BlackLivesMatter #Black #TrumpTrain #MAGA #trump pic.twitter.com/s7MHMfVx1g
— Kent Bernard (@kentbernard64) December 5, 2017
And current or cultural events….
— StephanieBarresi (@SIBarresi) November 27, 2017
#BlackTwitter fitna be at the Royal Wedding like…
We comin, Meghan. We comin. pic.twitter.com/mk0tq3w9Sz
— April (@ReignOfApril) November 27, 2017
And don’t think Black Twitter is afraid to engage in a little introspection and call it itself out on issues or lift one another up when needed….
#BlackTwitter be the most homophobic and at times racially insensitive side of twitter but let Becky say the n word and it’s “twitter do your thing” . Be equally offended when your sisters and brothers call gay people fags and save pics of gays to bash them on here. But anyway pic.twitter.com/JvgHMBPRjL
— Teddy Mykaels (@IamTeddyMykaels) November 25, 2017
This is another reason why I love #BlackMen. Our Kings are amazing! He saw this man in the street , 9 cars passed him by. He noticed he had on a small jacket & holes in his shoes, so he decided to give him his. #BlackExcellence #BlackTwitter #GoodNews pic.twitter.com/UsA6VLs6Tr
— SheTweetsTruth (@MsKTweetsTruth) November 26, 2017
Twitter and social media as a whole are still drawing the criticisms of some who say the platforms are fostering anti-social behavior that gives anonymity to bullies, racists, trolls and the like. All true, but that’s Twitter at its worst…at it’s best, Twitter can still inform, enlighten and entertain us. But the year isn’t over yet and chances are there are still some Tweets to come that will rank among the best of 2017.