In 2018, people on Twitter connected, campaigned, learned, debated, and had conversations. They came to share opinions and see other points of view. From #MeToo to #Sarkar, #IPL, state elections, and everyday interests, Indians flocked to Twitter to find out what’s happening in the world and to talk about it.
The Golden Tweets: Most Retweeted and Most Liked
Indian football team skipper, Sunil Chhetri (@chetrisunil11) had an eventful 2018. His appeal to football fans across the country asking them to fill the stadiums in for the Intercontinental Cup 2018 tugged at heartstrings as citizens united to support the home team and earned him the most Retweeted Tweet of the year for 2018. The video Tweet from @chetrisunil11 has been Retweeted almost 60K times:
This is nothing but a small plea from me to you. Take out a little time and give me a listen. pic.twitter.com/fcOA3qPH8i— Sunil Chhetri (@chetrisunil11) June 2, 2018
Virat Kohli's (@imVkohli) Tweet featuring a picture with Anushka Sharma (@AnushkaSharma) on the occasion of Karvachauth, quite literally won hearts on Twitter. With over 215K Likes, the Tweet showcasing the celebrity couple in ethnic wear emerged as the Most Liked Tweet of 2018*.
MOST INFLUENTIAL MOMENTS ON TWITTER IN 2018*
2018 was also the year when Twitter reacted en masse as people demanded #JusticeForAsifa, engaged in ongoing political debates on #KarnatakaElection and #Aadhaar. But it wasn’t just politics and movements that had people Tweeting in 2018. India celebrated #DeepVeer’s romance as well as major wins at global sporting occasions like #AsianGames as Indian athletes, including Bajrang Punia (@BajrangPunia), Hima Das (@HimaDas8) and PV Sindhu (@Pvsindhu), won laurels.
These are among the most influential moments on Twitter - where Indians went first to get answers or share their opinions around the biggest conversations happening in India and the world throughout 2018:
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Women speak up against sexual harassment in the #MeToo movement The emergence of the #MeToo movement in India saw women across industries speaking out against sexual harassment. The movement has drawn global attention and increased awareness of women’s safety in India, an exemplary representation of hashtag activism.
Twitter saw more than 3 million mentions in relation to the #KarnatakaElections2018 from Apr 25 - May 15, 2018. Despite the fact that the election occurred in one State of India, i.e. Karnataka, discussions on Twitter were vibrant all over the country and even overseas.
Kerala floods unite the nation
The #KeralaFloods brought together government agencies, relief organisations, famous personalities and regular people on the platform to help rebuild Kerala. The people utilized Twitter to share information and crowdsource relief and assistance.
India demands Justice for Asifa
The heinous crimes committed against 8-year-old Asifa Bano led to widespread protests and international attention. Outraged citizens flooded Twitter, expressing their angst and demanding #JusticeForAsifa.
The Aadhaar debate
Conversations around the Aadhaar’s privacy issues resurfaced in 2018. As the Supreme Court upheld the constitutional validity of Aadhaar, Indians across the world exchanged their opinions on the platform regarding the verdict and the provisions on linking the unique ID with various non-essential services.
MOST TALKED ABOUT INDIAN ACCOUNTS ON TWITTER IN 2018*
With the backdrop of the state elections in India, it is no surprise that political conversations were at an all- time high in 2018, with 6 politicians making it to the Top 10 Most Talked About Indian Accounts list. Prime Minister Narendra Modi (@NarendraModi) tops the charts. Entertainment completes the rest of the Top 10 represented by actors Pawan Kalyan (@PawanKalyan), Shah Rukh Khan (@iamsrk), Thalapathy Vijay (@actorvijay), and Mahesh Babu (@urstrulyMahesh).