Twitter on Thursday revealed the top conversations, trends and moments of 2021 discussed on the microblogging platform in India. Among other trends, Twitter said Australian cricketer Pat Cummins’ message about his donation to COVID-19 relief in India was the most retweeted tweet in the country in 2021, while Indian cricketer Virat Kohli’s message about the birth of his daughter The announcement came out the most. Liked the tweet of the year. The hashtags #COVID19, #FarmersProtest, and #TeamIndia were also among the most retweeted hashtags on the platform in 2021.
Most retweeted tweet of 2021
As Twitter became a source to find essential resources during the second wave of COVID-19 in India, a large number of people took to the platform to help and support people. Among them was Australian cricketer Pat Cummins, who in April tweeted to announce his donation for COVID-19 relief in India. His message became the most retweeted tweet in India so far in 2021 with over 114,000 retweets.
Cummins’ tweet was also the most cited this year, with more than 21,900 tweets on the platform to date.
Most liked tweets of 2021
Indian cricketer Virat Kohli also took to Twitter to announce the birth of his daughter this year. The tweet has so far become the most liked tweet of the year with over 538,200 likes. Interestingly, Kohli’s tweet last year announcing his wife Anushka Sharma’s pregnancy was the most liked tweet of 2020.
Most retweeted tweet of 2021 in government
In the list of top tweets in the government, sharing a picture of Prime Minister Narendra Modi receiving his first COVID-19 vaccine was the most retweeted tweet of this year, Twitter said. The tweet has been retweeted over 45,100 times so far.
Took my first dose of COVID-19 vaccine at AIIMS.
It is remarkable how our doctors and scientists have worked in quick time to strengthen the global fight against COVID-19.
I appeal to all those who are eligible to get the vaccine. Let us all together make India COVID-19 free! pic.twitter.com/5z5cvAoMrv
— Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) March 1, 2021
Most liked tweet of 2021 in government
Prime Minister Modi’s tweet congratulating the Indian cricket team for the Test victory against Australia at the Gabba also became the most liked tweet in the government. The tweet has garnered over 298,000 likes so far.
We are all very happy with the success of the Indian cricket team in Australia. His remarkable energy and enthusiasm was visible everywhere. So was his brilliant intention, remarkable grit and determination. Congratulations to the team! Best wishes for your future endeavours.
— Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) January 19, 2021
Most Retweeted and Liked Tweets of 2021 in Business
The announcement by Tata Sons chairman Ratan Tata to welcome Air India back to the Tata group in October emerged as the most retweeted tweet in the business. It was also the most liked tweet in the business this year. The tweet has so far garnered over 82,900 retweets and 403,900 likes.
Most retweeted and liked tweets in entertainment
Tamil actor Vijay’s tweet unveiling the first look of his film Beast has been the most retweeted in entertainment this year, with over 139,400 retweets so far. It was also the most liked tweet in entertainment with over 341,500 likes.
— vijay (@actorvijay) June 21, 2021
Most retweeted and liked tweets in sports
Virat Kohli’s tweet praising MS Dhoni for his match-winning game during the Indian Premier League was the most retweeted and liked tweet in sports this year. It has garnered over 91,600 retweets and 529,500 likes so far.
Anddddd the King is back ️Greatest finisher ever. Inspired me to jump out of my seat once again tonight.@M S Dhoni
— Virat Kohli (@imVkohli) 10 October 2021
Twitter ranked the most retweeted and liked tweets based on engagement on the platform in India between January 1 and November 15, 2021.
As India was hit by a second wave of COVID-19 in the early months of 2021, a large number of people used the #COVID19 hashtag to seek resources and help others on the platform. This made the hashtag the most retweeted this year. This was followed by the #FarmersProtest which was used by various politicians, celebrities, citizens and protesting farmers to share and exchange their views. The hashtag #TeamIndia also became one of the most tweeted hashtags of the year as the country watched a list of sporting matches – from Test cricket to the T20 World Cup and Tokyo Olympics – during the year.
The change in people’s interest from finding COVID-19 resources to sports was also seen during the Tokyo Olympics. This made #Tokyo2020 one of the most retweeted hashtags of the year.
Similar is the case with #IPL2021 which made it to the top conversations of the year in India on Twitter.
While #COVID19 was the most tweeted hashtag in the current affairs category this year, Indians also tweeted with the #Afghanistan hashtag after the Taliban took over Afghanistan, making it one of the most tweeted hashtags in current affairs. made one.
Many young job aspirants also demanded the Staff Selection Commission to release their Combined Graduate Level (CGL) Exam Marks this year. This led to the development of the #CGL19marks hashtag in current affairs on Twitter.
Twitter users also expressed their pride and gratitude for the soldiers fighting on the borders using the #IndianArmy hashtag, which became one of the most tweeted current affairs this year. The hashtag #Uttarakhand was also one of the five most tweeted hashtags on the platform. This was causing concern among the people due to the sudden floods.
Twitter also saw #Diwali as the most tweeted hashtag in the cultural category, followed by #EidMubarak. It shows the diversity of the country. The hashtags #RepublicDay, #IndependenceDay, and #InternationalWomen’s Day were also among the top five most tweeted people in the culture category.
While the government is yet to come out with its formal regulations regarding cryptocurrencies and digital assets, people in India have made #Bitcoin one of the most tweeted hashtags of the year. Hashtags like #BSC for Binance Smart Chain and digital assets like #NFT (Fungible Token) are one of the most tweeted hashtags about digital assets.
Twitter ranked the most tweeted hashtags based on the total number of authors in India between January 1 and November 15.
Most Tweeted Emoji
Twitter also considered the total number of authors in India between the same time period to rank the most tweeted emoji of 2021 in India. The folded hand emoji overtook the others and became the most tweeted emoji of the year. This was followed by the laughing and fire emojis which were the other two most tweeted emojis on the platform. Love I and Thums Up also managed to come under the five most tweeted emoji this year.