Liking tweets. It’s basically the millennial version of a wink, a subtle nod of affirmation, just a little way of saying “right on, I’m with you.” But some tweets get more likes than others and some get a weirdly large amount of tweets. CNN’s Jake Tapper got in touch with Twitter to figure out what the most liked tweets of all time are, and here are the results.
In number three, Ellen Degeneres’ famous Oscar tweet that shoved an obscene amount of celebrities into one photo. Kevin Spacey’s face remains a charming grace note to the photo, though Lupita Nyong’o’s brother Peter is obviously the real star.
— Ellen DeGeneres (@TheEllenShow) March 3, 2014
Number two is just a couple of days old: Former President Barack Obama’s tweeted response to the tragic events of Charlottesville garnered 2.5 million likes in just three days.
"No one is born hating another person because of the color of his skin or his background or his religion…" pic.twitter.com/InZ58zkoAm
— Barack Obama (@BarackObama) August 13, 2017
And number one was also the result of a tragedy. Following the terrorist attack during a concert of hers in Manchester that claimed 22 lives, Ariana Grande tweeted this response.
from the bottom of my heart, i am so so sorry. i don't have words.
— Ariana Grande (@ArianaGrande) May 23, 2017
It’s an interesting snapshot of a platform that has, 145 characters at a time, come to shape the way we take in the world around us. Whenever something happens, many of us go to Twitter looking for comfort, looking to vent, looking to celebrate and really, just looking to be understood. Twitter provides a sort of digital solidarity whether it’s the “WOW!” of an unlikely goal at the World Cup, the “thoughts and prayers” in the face of tragedy or even a photo of a few famous people enjoying themselves at a fancy awards party.
Humanity has always feared being alone above almost all other concerns. And Twitter, for better or worse, makes it just a little easier to keep that feeling at bay.