What do President Obama, Stephen Colbert and Wendy’s have in common? They are all the proud owners of a golden tweet. After clinching the 2012 election but before he took the stage to give his acceptance speech, President Obama sent out a simple message to his fans: Four More Years.
The message was retweeted more than 810,000 times. It was the most retweeted tweet of the year and earned President Obama his first Golden Tweet Award.
Four more years. twitter.com/BarackObama/st…
— Barack Obama (@BarackObama) November 7, 2012
According to Twitter, Obama’s tweet became the most retweeted of the year within hours. It was the most retweeted in Twitter history by the end of the night. Obama’s “Four More Years” tweet was retweeted by people in more than 200 countries around the world.
Obama’s message was by the far the most retweeted of the year (817,263 times as of this writing). The only person to come close to the president was Justin Bieber.
The Biebs sent out this message on Septermber 26, 2012: “RIP Avalanna. i love you.”
The pop singer was referring to Avalanna Routh,a 6-year-old girl who passed away from a rare form of brain cancer. Routh was a major Bieber fan and the Canadian singer became spent some time with the little girl before her passing.
RIP Avalanna. i love you
— Justin Bieber (@justinbieber) September 26, 2012
Packer JT Lang and the 2012 Great Britain Olympic team earned honorable mentions for 2012.
Fuck it NFL.. Fine me and use the money to pay the regular refs.
— TJ Lang (@TJLang70) September 25, 2012
29 gold, 17 silver, 19 bronze – We finished 3rd in medal table after most successful Olympics for 104 years #OurGreatestTeam RT your support
— Team GB (@TeamGB) August 12, 2012
Twitter started handing out its Golden Tweets in 2010. Stephen Colbert was the first person to win the award with a tweet about the Gulf oil spill in 2012.
in honor of oil-soaked birds, ‘tweets’ are now ‘gurgles. https://bit.ly/cIhZNf
— Stephen Colbert (@StephenAtHome) June 17, 2010
Wendy’s won the following year with a charitable effort. Wendy’s donated $0.50 to help foster kids during its Tweet it Forward campaign.
RT for a good cause. Each retweet sends 50¢ to help kids in foster care. #TreatItFwd
— Wendy’s (@Wendys) June 15, 2011