2020 has been a year like no other. From heartbreaking losses to stories of courage, the world saw it all. Unsurprisingly, #COVID-19 was the top hashtag used by most people this year followed by #BlackLivesMatter which mobilised the world, seeking the need for equality and social justice following the death of George Floyd, the third most-tweeted-about person globally.
Here’s a brief tour of how the world conversed through tweets in 2020:
1. Chadwick Boseman Final Tweet
— Chadwick Boseman (@chadwickboseman) August 29, 2020
The final tweet on Chadwick Boseman’s Twitter account, announcing his death is the most-retweeted post of the year and the most liked of all time. The August 28 post by Boseman’s family, sharing the news of his death after his secret battle with colon cancer has over 7.5 million likes and 3.1 million retweets.
2. “We Did It, Joe”
— Kamala Harris (@KamalaHarris) November 7, 2020
US Vice President-Elect Kamala Harris’s tweet, congratulating Joe Biden on his Presidential win. Ms Harris is also the most-tweeted-about woman in the world this year.
3. Barack Obama’s Remembrance Of NBA Legend Kobe Bryant
Kobe was a legend on the court and just getting started in what would have been just as meaningful a second act. To lose Gianna is even more heartbreaking to us as parents. Michelle and I send love and prayers to Vanessa and the entire Bryant family on an unthinkable day.
— Barack Obama (@BarackObama) January 26, 2020
Former US president Barack Obama’s tweet about the death of NBA star Kobe Bryant is the second-most liked tweet of the year, with 3.9 million likes. Kobe Bryant, his 13-year-old daughter Gianna and seven others were killed in a helicopter crash in suburban Los Angeles.
4. Virat Kohli’s “Arriving Jan 21” Tweet
And then, we were three! Arriving Jan 2021 ❤️???? pic.twitter.com/0BDSogBM1n
— Virat Kohli (@imVkohli) August 27, 2020
Indian cricket team captain Virat Kohli and actor Anushka Sharma’s pregnancy announcement was the most liked tweet in India with more than 6,45,000 likes on the platform.
5.BTS member Jungkook’s ‘Never Not’ Cover
Never Not ???? pic.twitter.com/Ag9oUTJvrN
— 방탄소년단 (@BTS_twt) May 2, 2020
Jungkook, the member of trailblazing South Korean boyband BTS , covering the song ‘Never Not’ by US musician Lauv in May is the second most retweeted tweet worldwide this year.
6. PM Modi’s “Light Lamps” Tweet
शुभं करोति कल्याणमारोग्यं धनसंपदा ।
शत्रुबुद्धिविनाशाय दीपज्योतिर्नमोऽस्तुते ॥ pic.twitter.com/4DeiMsCN11
— Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) April 5, 2020
Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s tweet about lighting lamps of hope and good health during the Covid-19 pandemic was the “Most Retweeted Tweet in Politics” in India on Twitter.
7. Andy Milonakis’s Tweet On SpaceX Launch
Congratulations to the Astronauts that left Earth today. Good choice
— Andy Milonakis (@andymilonakis) May 30, 2020
American actor-comedian Andy Milonakis’s May 31 tweet on SpaceX launch came in the wake of the NASA astronauts leaving behind a country still ravaged by the pandemic and protesters taking to the streets over George Floyd’s killing.
8. Amitabh Bacchan’s Tweet On Testing COVID-19 Positive
T 3590 -I have tested CoviD positive .. shifted to Hospital .. hospital informing authorities .. family and staff undergone tests , results awaited ..
All that have been in close proximity to me in the last 10 days are requested to please get themselves tested !
— Amitabh Bachchan (@SrBachchan) July 11, 2020
Bollywood megastar Amitabh Bachchan’s announcement that he has tested positive for the novel coronavirus was the most quoted tweet of the year in India.
9. MS Dhoni thanking PM Modi
An Artist,Soldier and Sportsperson what they crave for is appreciation, that their hard work and sacrifice is getting noticed and appreciated by everyone.thanks PM @narendramodi for your appreciation and good wishes. pic.twitter.com/T0naCT7mO7
— Mahendra Singh Dhoni (@msdhoni) August 20, 2020
Former cricket captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni’s tweet expressing appreciation for Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s letter was most retweeted, in the Sports category, in India. Mr Dhoni announced his retirement from cricket this year.
10. “Quarantine Day 6”
Quarantine day 6. pic.twitter.com/er652Oy3Ki
— jamie (@gnuman1979) March 16, 2020
This video with a simple caption – “Quarantine Day 6” – shows one user’s creative attempt at passing time, during the coronavirus-induced lockdown and quarantine, with a sock puppet and cars.