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Twitter turns 10: The most popular tweets, users so far

Posted at 11:22 AM, Mar 21, 2016

What do we know after 10 years of Twitter? Bubbly pop stars and boy bands rule the Internet.

Monday marked the 10th anniversary of the first tweet ever sent and in celebration of the social media giant's birthday, take a look at the 10 most popular tweets and users of Twitter's history.

10 Most Popular Tweets Ever Sent*

*as of March 21, 2016

#10 — @AHMalcolm on Feb. 15, 2015


User @AHMalcolm urged people to help dogs in need by retweeting his message.

#9 — @ZaynMalik on March 18, 2015


Ex-One Direction band member Zayn Malik sent this message to his haters, regarding rumors that he'd cheated on fiance Perrie Edwards. The couple broke up a few months later.

#8 — @Harry_Styles on Feb. 1, 2016


A One Direction member quoting Taylor Swift equals Twitter gold.

#7 — @NiallOfficial on Jan. 16, 2010


The oldest tweet to crack the top 10 came from another member of One Direction before the band existed.

#6 — @BarackObama on Nov. 6, 2012


President Obama's victory announcement after his 2012 re-election campaign lit up Twitter, showing his connection with its young users.

#5 — @Harry_Styles on March 25, 2015


March 25, 2015 is a date that lives in infamy for One Direction fans. When Zayn Malik quit the group, his bandmate sent this supportive message.

#4 — @DennyJA_WORLD on June 4, 2014


According to Time magazine, the third and fourth-most popular tweets ever came from Indonesian political analyst Denny Januar Ali. The above tweet is Ali's endorsement of an Indonesian presidential candidate.

#3 — @DennyJA_WORLD on April 21, 2015


This tweet from the aforementioned Denny Januar Ali featured a picture of the man himself with a group of children, as a plea to end discrimination.

#2 — @Louis_Tomlinson on Oct. 2, 2011


The fourth — and final — different One Direction member to have a tweet on this list was Louis Tomlinson, who sent a kind note to his bandmate Harry Styles.

#1 — @TheEllenShow on March 2, 2014


Ellen Degeneres' star-packed selfie taken at the 2014 Oscars reigns as the most popular tweet ever with over 3.3 million retweets since it was posted over two years ago.

Ever wondered who the most popular Twitter users are? Check the infographic below for a list of the 10 most followed users.

Clint Davis covers entertainment and trending news topics for the Scripps National Desk. Follow him on Twitter @MrClintDavis.


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