As an eventful 2020 nears its eventual conclusion, US-based microblogging and social networking service Twitter has revealed a few fascinating statistics about the tweets and hashtags on the platform.
The service revealed that the COVID-19 pandemic and the Black Lives Matter movement were the most discussed topics during the year.
The hashtag #COVID19 and its other variations were tweeted nearly 400 million times. #BlackLivesMatter, which spread worldwide after the death of George Floyd at the hands of police in Minneapolis came second while #StayHome became the third biggest hashtag of the year.
In its blog post briefing these trends, Twitter said that “people continued to utilize Twitter to publicly advocate for political change and demand accountability from world leaders this year.”
Twitter revealed that “over 700 million Tweets were sent in 2020 about elections around the world and Donald Trump, Joe Biden, Barack Obama, Narendra Modi and Kamala Harris were among the most Tweeted-about global figures.”
The tweet from the family of Chadwick Boseman, about the death of “Black Panther” star in August, was the most retweeted message on the platform as the tweet made from Mr. Boseman’s account garnered 7.5 million likes, the most all-time and was retweeted 2.1 million times.
Former US President Barack Obama’s tweet about the death of NBA star Kobe Bryant was the second-most liked tweet of the year, with 3.9 million.
The tragic death of the professional basketball player made his former Los Angeles Lakers team the most-tweeted-about sports team followed by Manchester United and FC Barcelona.
Meanwhile, NFL’s Super Bowl LIV was the top sports event on Twitter this year.