Twitter is 10 years old today. Yes, it’s been a decade since we were driven demented by the minuscule 140 character Tweeting limit, but we kept at it, and we love it more than ever. The novelty of having up-to-the-minute news at our fingertips has long worn off; the social network is now an invaluable commodity for all media-savvy folk and those who wish to know what’s happening in the world, right here, right now. The notion of a viral trend was a mystery to us all those years ago, but now we view it as a mark of success. If you trend on Twitter in 2016, it’s a sure sign you’re destined for greatness, at least in the online world. And Twitter feuds? Such wars of words used to happen in real life, thank you very much, but nowadays, who doesn’t seek a catty tweet between celebrities when they need a pick-me-up?
It’s only natural a decade in, that one would wonder who has truly mastered their Twitter game. We’ve seen billions of tweets ranging from the mundane to the momentous, and thanks to the retweet-tracking website Favstar, we now have an idea which accounts brought the A game. The below list outlines the many ways Twitter is often used — as a place for political proclamations, celebrity musings (and plenty of rows) and, of course, selfies.
10. Andrew Malcolm
— Andrew Malcolm (@AHMalcolm) February 15, 2015
Because rescue animals deserve your support.
9. Zayn Malik
I’m 22 years old… I love a girl named Perrie Edwards. And there’s a lot of jealous fucks in this world I’m sorry for what it looks like x
— zayn (@zaynmalik) March 18, 2015
This was the beginning of the end of Malik’s One Direction days. He announced his departure a week later and the fanbase never quite recovered.
8. Harry Styles
I don’t know about you, but I’m feeling 22.
— Harry Styles. (@Harry_Styles) February 1, 2016
Styles had parted with Swift way before this tweet on his 22nd year, so we all wondered about this snippy tweet. Swift was too busy being happy to care and maintained a dignified silence by way of response.
7. Niall Horan
@NiallOfficial did it work out?
— Ryan Scott Graham (@RyanScottGraham) December 17, 2015
Remember before all the One Direction madness began and Horan was just a regular dude? Us neither.
6. Barack Obama
Four more years. pic.twitter.com/bAJE6Vom
— Barack Obama (@BarackObama) November 7, 2012
On the night he was re-elected in 2012, Barack Obama’s staff posted this image of the president embracing First Lady Michelle Obama. It became the most retweeted-tweet ever at the time. Still one of their best pictures.
5. Harry Styles (Again)
All the love as always. H
— Harry Styles. (@Harry_Styles) March 26, 2015
This was right in the middle of Zayn’s 1D departure when Styles was trying to soothe distraught fans. It didn’t help.
4-3. Denny Januar Ali
Denny JA: Dengan RT ini, anda ikut memenangkan Jokowi-JK. Pilih pemimpin yg bisa dipercaya (Jokowi) dan pengalaman (JK). #DJoJK
— Denny JA (@DennyJA_WORLD) June 4, 2014
— Denny JA (@DennyJA_WORLD) April 22, 2015
Two tweets by Indonesian political analyst Denny Januar Ali have racked up a combined 2.5 million retweets. In one, he is backing Indonesian presidential candidate Joko “Jokowi” Widodo. In the other, he is calling for an end to discrimination and pictured with a group of adorable kids in the accompanying photo whose shirts spell out “love.”
2. Louis Tomlinson
Always in my heart @Harry_Styles . Yours sincerely, Louis
— Louis Tomlinson (@Louis_Tomlinson) October 2, 2011
And so, the unofficial 1D bromance began.
1. Ellen DeGeneres
— Ellen DeGeneres (@TheEllenShow) March 3, 2014
It really doesn’t take much to conquer Twitter. Just round up half of the most popular Hollywood superstars of the moment and you’re sorted. This star-studded selfie from the 2014 Academy Awards includes Bradley Cooper, Lupita Nyong’o, Jennifer Lawrence, Brad Pitt, Kevin Spacey and more ultra-famous people. Within hours, it became the most-retweeted post in Twitter’s history but we were left feeling deflated when news broke that it was all planned as part of a product placement deal for Samsung’s Galaxy phone.