harry styles and zayn malik were retweeted more than obama and kanye in 2015
And other findings from Twitter's annual list of top tweets.
Today, Twitter released its annual report on the year's most influential trends, users and tweets. The main takeaway: Twitter is run by Directioners.
"#OneDirection" not only tops the list of the top ten music trends, but the two most retweeted tweets of 2015 were also both posted by 1D members (or former members). Harry Styles's message of gratitude to fans following the news of Zayn Malik's departure ("All the love as always. H.") took the number one spot. And coming in close behind was Zayn's shoutout to his former bandmates after the release of "Drag Me Down": the poetic "Proud of my boys the new single is sick. Big love. :) x"
In fact, One Direction penned all but one of the top five most retweeted tweets of the year. The only non-British boy band member to make the squad? Barack Obama. The POTUS clocked in at #4, beating Niall Horan into 2015's Twitter uber-elite. Important note: this tweet by Liam Payne, "Wowwwww 5 years 5 boys what an amazing journey I couldn't thank you all ever enough and thank you Louis Niall Harry and zayn for everything," beat Obama's tweet celebrating the Supreme Court's ruling to legalize gay marriage by over 50,000 retweets.
If Obama is the only threat to One Direction's world domination in terms of individual tweets, K-Pop is the group's only real competition when it comes to trending topics. The Korean group GOT7 took second place in the list of the year's most popular trends. While another Korean boyband, EXO, took fourth place, and a hashtag relating to the K-Pop group Bangtan Boys placed seventh.
If you needed further proof that Twitter is run by teenage girls, of the top ten most-used emojis on Twitter in 2015, four involve love hearts in some form.
Text Alice Newell-Hanson