Social media giant Twitter has released its annual report on the most popular tweets of 2021 in India. This year, Twitter has become an important platform to help people during the second wave of COVID-19 in the country. Twitter has officially acknowledged that in India, the platform has become a « real-time helpline ». Meanwhile, viral conversations have taken place around cricket, the farmers’ protest, the Tokyo Olympics, the IPL, Diwali, and Bitcoin, among others. Twitter ranked the number of Retweets/Likes by Twitter accounts in India between January 1 and November 15, 2021 to prepare the list of most popular tweets.
Here is a timeline of the most popular tweets from 2021in India.
Most retweeted tweet: Pat Cummins (@patcummins30)’s tweet regarding his donation for COVID relief in India.
Australian cricketer Pat Cummins (@patcummins30), who has donated for COVID relief in India, took to Twitter to encourage others to do the same. It is the most retweeted tweet in India in 2021.
Most Liked Tweet: Tweet from Virat Kohli (@imVkohli) announcing the birth of his daughter
The tweet of Prime Minister Narendra Modi (@narendramodi), who received his first dose of the vaccine, became the most retweeted tweet of the year.
I took my first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine at AIIMS. Remarkable how our doctors and scientists have worked in record time to strengthen the global fight against COVID-19.
I appeal to all who are eligible to get vaccinated. Together, let’s make India a COVID-19 free country! pic.twitter.com/5z5cvAoMrv
— Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) March 1, 2021
Prime Minister Narendra Modi (@narendramodi)’s tweet congratulating Team India on their historic victory against Australia at the Gabba is also among the most liked tweets in India.
We are all delighted with the success of the Indian cricket team in Australia. Their remarkable energy and passion was visible everywhere. The same goes for their exceptional intention, remarkable courage and determination. Congratulations to the team! All our best wishes for your future projects – Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) January 19, 2021
Tweet from Ratan Tata (@RNTata2000) celebrating Tata Son’s victory over Air India
Last October, the Tata Group welcomed Air India into its fold, after almost seventy years of public ownership of the airline. Ratan Tata (@RNTata2000), Chairman Emeritus of Tata Sons, tweeted « Welcome back, Air India », along with an iconic photo of Air India’s early planes. Much like the news, the tweet generated conversations on Twitter, becoming the most retweeted tweet in the business world.
Vijay’s tweet (@actorvijay) revealing #Beast’s first look.
When Vijay (@actorvijay) tweeted the first look of his highly anticipated #Beast movie, fans showed their excitement. It became one of the most liked Tweets of 2021.
Tweet of appreciation from Virat Kohli (@imVkohli) for playing MS Dhoni (@msdhoni) during the IPL.
MS Dhoni (@msdhoni) rocked #CricketTwitter with his latest masterstroke against Delhi Capitals (@DelhiCapitals) which lifted Chennai Super Kings (@ChennaiIPL) to the semi-finals of the season. Virat Kohli (@imVkohli)’s tweet was the most retweeted sports tweet this year.
The 10 most popular hashtags on Twitter in India in 2021
1. #Covid19: In the first months of 2021, India was hit by the second wave of COVID-19 – which left people distracted. Citizens took to Twitter for information and found help. Service members volunteered to find resources, mobilize help and connect people with leads for oxygen, hospital beds and medical supplies. While the second wave inspired an unprecedented movement of humanity on Twitter, the start of vaccination campaigns also brought a ray of hope, and people continued to stay connected on Twitter with #Covid19.
2. #FarmersProtest: Conversations around the #FarmersProtest have continued from 2020 to 2021. Politicians, celebrities, citizens and protesting farmers have taken the same path on Twitter to share and exchange opinions, making it one of the most tweeted hashtags in India this year.
3. #TeamIndia: 2021 has been a busy year for Indian sports, as it has been for the sports community on Twitter. From the men’s cricket team’s historic win at Gabba to an unprecedented run at the Olympics and Paralympics, sports fans on Twitter have cheered on #TeamIndia through games, matches and tournaments, turning Twitter into a stadium virtual team that has continued to support our athletes.
4. #Tokyo2020: While the Indian team has won seven medals at the Olympics and 19 at the Paralympics, the Tokyo 2020 Games have caused a lot of ink to flow on Twitter. People took to the service to support their favorite athletes at the Games and made sure to celebrate each of India’s wins during the season.
5. #IPL2021: One of the most anticipated events in one of India’s favorite sports – the return of #IPL2021 was special. After being canceled halfway through due to COVID-19 disruptions, #CricketTwitter looked forward to the return fixture in October – taking the IPL from a one-month event to a six-month event. Unsurprisingly, this made it one of the top conversations of the year in India.
6. #IndVEng: Indian sports fans were on the edge of their seats and glued to Twitter after India’s rollercoaster ride in the five-test series on English grounds this year. Although the series did not reach its peak, the partnership between Shardul Thakur (@imshard) and Rishabh Pant (@RishabhPant17) at the Oval saw #TeamIndia win two matches, giving Indian fans another reason to party on Twitter.
7. #Diwali: Diwali is not only a widely celebrated holiday, it is also one of the most discussed events on Twitter. People used the service to talk about their festive preparations, engaged with brands and indulged in festive shopping, and shared their appreciation and love for friends and families, making #Diwali the one of the biggest conversations of the year.
8. #Master: Tamil cinema has continued to dominate entertainment conversations on Twitter. The anticipation for the #Master film alone made it one of the most talked about films of 2020, and the trend continued with its release in 2021. This year again, Vijay’s film (@ actorvijay) received massive love from his fans on Twitter, confirming his position on the list of most tweeted hashtags of 2021.
9. #Bitcoin: A conversation that gained momentum on Twitter this year focused on cryptocurrencies and digital assets. Twitter has become the focus of cryptocurrency conversations and #Bitcoin has entered the list of the most popular conversations of the year.
10. #PermissionToDance: This song by South Korean boy band BTS (@BTS_twt) was an instant hit with loyal fans. K-pop is becoming an increasingly popular music genre on the service, dominating hearts and charts around the world, including in India.
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