Barack Obama, LeBron rank most popular in multiple Twitter categories of 2018

LeBron James (Photo source: [email protected])

Despite handing over the figurative keys to the White House nearly two years ago, former President Barack Obama remains the most popular political figure in America, according to the year-end Twitter roundup of top categories.

Obama featured at the top of both Twitter’s most “liked” and “most quoted” tweets of 2018.

Obama’s February Twitter post about the March For Our Lives gun control rally took the second spot in this year’s “most liked” tweets category. The most liked tweet of 2018 was a video of K-pop group BTS doing the #InMyFeelingsChallenge.

A tweet of Obama dropping the microphone, with the request to “quote this with your unpopular opinion,” came in as the most quoted post over the year, according to Twitter tabulations.

The international blockbuster film Black Panther ranked as the most tweeted-about movie, and LeBron James as the most talked-about sports figure. King James’ former and current NBA squads, the Cleveland Cavaliers and the Los Angeles Lakers, are the two most talked-about sports teams of 2018. LeBron was also the second-most tweeted-about celebrity of the year as well, ahead of Cardi B, Nicki Minaj and Beyoncé.

Donald Trump was the most tweeted-about political figure in 2018, with Obama coming in second in that category.

The most tweeted-about game in America was, of course, the Super Bowl. But the most popular sporting event of the year was the FIFA World Cup tournament, which lasted for several weeks.

Check out the most popular tweets in the multiple Twitter year-end categories below:

The Day With The Most Tweets:

Sunday, Feb. 25 ― The day of the Winter Olympics closing ceremony

America’s Most Tweeted-About Celebrities:

1. BTS

2. LeBron James

3. Kanye West

4. Drake

5. EXO

6. Ariana Grande

7. Cardi B

8. Beyoncé

9. Park Ji-Min

10. Nicki Minaj

The Most Tweeted-About Political Figures:

1. Donald Trump

2. Barack Obama

3. Hillary Clinton

4. Brett Kavanaugh

5. Sarah Huckabee Sanders

6. Paul Ryan

7. Ted Cruz

8. John McCain

9. Nancy Pelosi

10. Mike Pence

America’s Most Tweeted-About Films:

1. Black Panther

2. The Avengers: Infinity War

3. The Incredibles 2

4. Star Wars: The Last Jedi

5. Deadpool 2

6. Love, Simon

7. A Wrinkle in Time

8. Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom

9. Crazy Rich Asians

10. The Shape of Water

America’s Most Tweeted-About TV Shows:

1. “Saturday Night Live”

2. “Roseanne”

3. “Grey’s Anatomy”

4. “The Walking Dead”

5. “Big Brother”

6. “The Voice”

7. “Live PD”

8. “Supernatural”

9. “Game of Thrones”

10. “Riverdale”

America’s Most Tweeted-About Streaming Shows:

1. “13 Reasons Why”

2. “Stranger Things”

3. “Black Mirror”

4. “Queer Eye”

5. “The Handmaid’s Tale”

America’s Most Tweeted-About Musicians:

1. BTS

2. Kanye West

3. Drake

4. EXO

5. Ariana Grande

6. Cardi B

7. Beyoncé

8. Park Ji-Min

9. Nicki Minaj

10. Rihanna

America’s Most Tweeted-About Movements:
1. March For Our Lives

2. NFL Protests

3. Students Stand Up

4. Me Too

5. Black Lives Matter

America’s Most Tweeted-About Athletes:

1. LeBron James

2. Colin Kaepernick

3. Kobe Bryant

3. Kyrie Irving

4. Tom Brady

5. Dwyane Wade

The Most Tweeted-About Sporting Events:

1. FIFA World Cup Russia

2. Pyeongchang Olympic Winter Games

3. NBA Finals (Cleveland Cavaliers vs. Golden State Warriors)

4. NCAA Men’s Division I Basketball Tournament

5. NFL Draft

6. U.S. Open Tennis Championships

7. NBA Draft

8. WWE Wrestlemania

9. NBA All-Star Game

10. NHL Stanley Cup Finals

America’s Most Tweeted-About Sports Teams:

1. Cleveland Cavaliers

2. Los Angeles Lakers

3. Philadelphia Eagles

4. Golden State Warriors

5. New York Yankees

6. Boston Red Sox

7. Boston Celtics

8. Los Angeles Dodgers

9. Real Madrid

10. New England Patriots

America’s Most Tweeted-About Sports Commentators:

1. Adam Schefter

2. Shannon Sharpe

3. Jemele Hill

4. Skip Bayless

5. Darren Rovell

6. Stephen A. Smith

7. Adrian Wojnarowski

8. Joe Rogan

9. Colin Cowherd

10. Shaquille O’Neal

The Top Tweeted-About Sports Games:
1. Super Bowl LII (Philadelphia Eagles vs. New England Patriots)

2. College Football Playoff National Championship (Alabama vs. Georgia)

3. AFC Championship Game (Jacksonville Jaguars vs. New England Patriots)

4. NBA Finals: Game 1 (Cleveland Cavaliers vs. Golden State Warriors)

5. NFC Championship Game (Minnesota Vikings vs. Philadelphia Eagles)

6. NFC Divisional Round Playoff Game (New Orleans Saints vs. Minnesota Vikings)

7. FIFA World Cup Final (Croatia vs. France)

8. World Series: Game 5 (Boston Red Sox vs. Los Angeles Dodgers)

9. NBA Finals: Game 4 (Cleveland Cavaliers vs. Golden State Warriors)

10. AFC Divisional Round Playoff Game (Jacksonville Jaguars vs. Pittsburgh Steelers)

Terry Shropshire
Terry Shropshire

A military veteran and Buckeye State native, I've written for the likes of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Atlanta Business Chronicle and the Detroit Free Press. I'm a lover of words, photography, books, travel, animals and The Ohio State Buckeyes. #GoBucks

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