During the Oscars ceremony, host Ellen Degeneres posted a ‘selfie’ containing herself, Jennifer Lawrence, Jared Leto, Channing Tatum, Brad and Angelina, Bradley Cooper, Meryl Streep, Kevin Spacey, Lupita Nyong’o and Lupita’s brother. The picture has now been retweeted (as of 9.07am March 5th) an astounding 3,232,765 times. When the picture was first uploaded, Twitter was so overwhelmed with users, the site had to issue an apology after twenty minutes of disrupted service. With the picture making the Tweet the most retweeted in Twitter history – we take a look back at some other famous Tweets that have experienced their own Twitter fame.
“Four more years” – @BarackObama, 781,803 Retweets
The iconic Tweet from the President of the United States, ‘Four more years.’ was retweeted nearly 800,000 times. Complete with photo of Barack and Michelle in a tight embrace, the President’s Tweet was shared around the world after he was re-elected as 44th President of the United States. Obama has used social media throughout his Presidential career and during his initial campaigns, making him extremely popular with young voters.
…Four more years…
“29 gold, 17 silver, 19 bronze – We finished 3rd in medal table after most successful Olympics for 104 years. #OurGreatestTeam RT your support” – @TeamGB, 65, 121 retweets
The glorious 2012 Olympic games, held in London saw Team GB come away with an incredible sixty five medals, twenty nine of those gold. A moment of intense national pride, this tweet from Team GB saw more than 65,000 proud Twitter users share the post on their own pages.
“Thank you all for helping me through this time with your enormous love & support. Cory will forever be in my heart.” – @msleamichele, 408,000 retweets
When Glee star, Cory Monteith was found dead in his hotel room after a fatal drug overdose, his on and offscreen girlfriend, Lea Michele was left understandably devastated. After retreating from the public eye for several days, Lea took to Twitter to thank her fans for their support.
‘applied for xfactor, hope it all wrks out’ – @NiallOfficial, 389,658 retweets
Little did he know when he posted this in January of 2010, Niall Horan would go on to become one fifth of One Direction, one of the most successful boy bands of all time. Love them or hate them, they appear frequently in the ‘most retweeted’ lists with all five members of the band posting their every moment on the site.
‘Helicopter hovering above Abbottabad at 1am (rare event)’ – @ReallyVirtual, 3,592 retweets
Unknowingly live Tweeting the top secret raid on Osama Bin Laden’s compound in Abbottabad, Sohab Athar found himself in the middle of a media storm. The IT consultant from Pakistan had no idea what was going on when he also Tweeted, ‘A huge window shaking bang here in Abbottabad Cantt. I hope it’s not the start of something nasty :-S’.
‘every girl out there should respect themselves. #real’ – @justinbieber, 90,887 retweets
Wise words from the King of Pop…