In today’s digital age, social media has become an integral part of our lives. One platform that has revolutionized the way we communicate is Twitter. With its 280-character limit, Twitter has given people the power to express their thoughts and opinions in real-time. Over the years, many tweets have gone viral, sparking conversations and creating movements that changed the world. Here are 25 tweets that changed the world.
1. Barack Obama’s Victory Tweet
In 2008, Barack Obama became the first African-American president of the United States. His victory tweet, “We just made history. All of this happened because you gave your time, talent, and passion. All of this happened because of you. Thanks,” became the most retweeted tweet at the time.
2. Ellen’s Oscar Selfie
In 2014, Ellen DeGeneres hosted the Oscars and took a selfie with a group of celebrities that included Bradley Cooper, Jennifer Lawrence, and Meryl Streep. The tweet, which became the most retweeted tweet at the time, broke Twitter’s servers and set a new record for the most retweets in history.
3. #MeToo Movement
In 2017, actress Alyssa Milano tweeted, “If you’ve been sexually harassed or assaulted write ‘me too’ as a reply to this tweet.” The tweet went viral and sparked the #MeToo movement, which brought attention to sexual harassment and assault in the workplace.
4. Trump’s Covfefe Tweet
In 2017, President Donald Trump tweeted, “Despite the constant negative press covfefe.” The tweet, which appeared to be a typo, went viral and sparked a wave of memes and jokes.
5. Black Lives Matter
In 2013, Alicia Garza, Patrisse Cullors, and Opal Tometi created the hashtag #BlackLivesMatter in response to the acquittal of George Zimmerman in the shooting death of Trayvon Martin. The hashtag went viral and sparked a movement that brought attention to police brutality and racial injustice.
6. Arab Spring
In 2010, Tunisian street vendor Mohamed Bouazizi set himself on fire in protest of police corruption and harassment. The incident sparked protests and demonstrations across the Arab world. Social media, particularly Twitter, played a crucial role in spreading information and organizing protests, leading to the overthrow of several authoritarian regimes.
7. Malala Yousafzai’s Nobel Peace Prize
In 2014, Malala Yousafzai became the youngest person to win the Nobel Peace Prize. Her tweet, “Honoured to receive Nobel Peace Prize. I’m proud to be the first Pashtun, the first Pakistani, and the youngest person to receive this award,” went viral and inspired people around the world.
8. Ice Bucket Challenge
In 2014, the Ice Bucket Challenge went viral on social media. The challenge, which involved pouring a bucket of ice water over one’s head, was created to raise awareness and funds for ALS research. The campaign raised over $115 million and brought attention to the disease.
9. NASA’s Mars Rover Landing
In 2012, NASA’s Mars rover Curiosity successfully landed on the red planet. NASA’s tweet, “I’m safely on the surface of Mars. GALE CRATER I AM IN YOU!!! #MSL,” went viral and brought attention to the mission.
In 2016, the United Kingdom voted to leave the European Union. The hashtag #Brexit went viral on social media, sparking a heated debate about the future of Europe.
11. Marriage Equality
In 2015, the United States Supreme Court legalized same-sex marriage. President Barack Obama’s tweet, “Today is a big step in our march toward equality. Gay and lesbian couples now have the right to marry, just like anyone else. #LoveWins,” went viral and celebrated the landmark decision.
12. Arab-Israeli Conflict
In 2012, Israel launched an offensive against Hamas in Gaza. The hashtag #GazaUnderAttack went viral on social media, sparking a global conversation about the conflict and its impact on civilians.
13. Paris Attacks
In 2015, a series of terrorist attacks in Paris killed 130 people. The hashtag #PrayforParis went viral on social media, bringing attention to the tragedy and showing support for the victims.
14. Women’s March
In 2017, the Women’s March brought millions of people to the streets to protest against President Donald Trump’s policies. The hashtag #WomensMarch went viral on social media, showing the power of grassroots movements.
15. Climate Change
In 2019, climate activist Greta Thunberg started a global movement to raise awareness about climate change. Her tweet, “School strike week 17. My message to the Davos elite: Act as if you loved your children above all else,” went viral and inspired millions of young people to demand action on climate change.
16. Ferguson Protests
In 2014, protests erupted in Ferguson, Missouri, after the shooting of unarmed teenager Michael Brown by police officer Darren Wilson. The hashtag #BlackLivesMatter went viral on social media, bringing attention to police brutality and racial injustice.
17. World Cup
In 2014, the World Cup in Brazil set a new record for the most tweets per minute during a sporting event. The final match between Germany and Argentina generated 618,725 tweets per minute.
18. Donald Trump’s Election
In 2016, Donald Trump was elected as the 45th president of the United States. His tweet, “Such a beautiful and important evening! The forgotten man and woman will never be forgotten again. We will all come together as never before,” went viral and sparked a global conversation about the future of American politics.
19. Ebola Outbreak
In 2014, an outbreak of Ebola in West Africa killed over 11,000 people. The hashtag #Ebola went viral on social media, bringing attention to the crisis and helping to raise funds for relief efforts.
20. Boston Marathon Bombing
In 2013, two bombs exploded at the Boston Marathon, killing three people and injuring over 260 others. The hashtag #BostonStrong went viral on social media, showing support for the victims and the city of Boston.
21. Syrian Refugee Crisis
In 2015, a photo of a Syrian boy named Aylan Kurdi, who drowned while trying to reach Europe, went viral and sparked a global conversation about the refugee crisis. The hashtag #RefugeesWelcome went viral on social media, showing support for refugees and calling for action to address the crisis.
22. Pope Francis’ Twitter Account
In 2013, Pope Francis joined Twitter and quickly became one of the most influential people on the platform. His tweets, which often addressed social justice issues, went viral and inspired people around the world.
23. Nelson Mandela’s Death
In 2013, Nelson Mandela, the former president of South Africa and anti-apartheid icon, passed away. The hashtag #RIPNelsonMandela went viral on social media, showing support for Mandela’s legacy and mourning his loss.
24. The Arab-Israeli Peace Process
In 2013, United States Secretary of State John Kerry launched a new round of peace talks between Israel and the Palestinians. The hashtag #IsraelPalestine went viral on social media, sparking a global conversation about the peace process and its potential for success.
25. Covid-19 Pandemic
In 2020, the Covid-19 pandemic swept the world, causing widespread illness and death. The hashtag #StayHome went viral on social media, encouraging people to stay home and practice social distancing to slow the spread of the virus.
Twitter has given people the power to express their thoughts and opinions in real-time. Over the years, many tweets have gone viral, sparking conversations and creating movements that changed the world. These 25 tweets show the power of social media to bring attention to important issues and create change.