Obama's tweet most-liked ever, Trump has none

US President Donald Trump is noted for his use of Twitter, but it was his predecessor Barack Obama who made it into the top 10 for the most retweeted tweets of 2017. He also came in No. 1 for top tweeted USA elected officials, with Vice President Mike Pence and Speaker of the House Paul Ryan taking second and third.

One Trump-related Tweet did make the list: National Basketball Association star LeBron James's "U bum" riposte to Trump's tweet that he had withdrawn Stephen Curry's invitation to the White House.

President Barack Obama, with 1.7 million retweets in August, was second, posting, "No one is born hating another person because of the color of his skin or his background or his religion".

A tweet racking up the most "likes", about 4.6 million as of Tuesday, came from Obama's personal Twitter account on the day of a deadly white supremacist rally in Charlottesville, Virginia. "You made me a better leader and a better man", receiving more than 1.6 million likes and more than 600,000 retweets.

The third most-retweeted tweet became one from the Penn State Interfraternity Council pledging 15 cents for every retweet.

The most retweeted tweet was about chicken nuggets from the food chain Wendy's.

But this is one he won't be able to reverse: Three of Obama's tweets rank among 2017's most retweeted posts, Twitter says.

It was also the second most-retweeted item at 1.7 million times. "It's been the honor of my life to serve you", Obama tweeted. Carter's response: "Consider it done".

While Trump himself did not make a showing, a tweet from an National Basketball Association star insulting him was the seventh-most-retweeted of the year.

Curry, like other prominent players on the team, said that he didn't want to visit Trump in the White House.

Pop star Ariana Grande's message on May 22, the day a terrorist attack on her Manchester concert left almost two dozen people dead and hundreds injured, drew almost 3 million likes and more than 1 million retweets. So therefore ain't no invite. Obama pleaded for reconciliation in racially-divided America; his message was liked by more than 4.5 million people and shared by some 1.7 million. It was also the most liked tweet of all time.

With the media in Trump's crosshairs, it was also in the sights of Twitter users.

Vanessa Coleman