Twitter is a great medium for sharing nuggets of knowledge, pictures of cats and sage life advice.
Over the years it's also been a source of entertainment for the internet, even documenting important events as they happen. We've seen highs and lows, the good times and the bad.
Here we take you on a journey through the funniest, the most retweeted and most inspiring tweets we've seen over the years.
HELP ME PLEASE. A MAN NEEDS HIS NUGGS pic.twitter.com/4SrfHmEMo3— Carter Wilkerson (@carterjwm) 6 April 2017
Top of the list is the World record-breaking plea from Carter Wilkerson to Wendy's food chain for a year's supply of nuggets that exploded on Twitter this spring and is probably the best example of free advertising ever seen on the social network.
Ellen's Oscars selfie
In second place is the previous retweet champion, now knocked off the top spot by #NuggsForCarter. However, it remains the most famous selfie on the web. Shared by Ellen DeGeneres, the tweet likely shows the most celebrities you're ever likely to see in a single selfie snap.
Ed Balls— Ed Balls (@edballs) 28 April 2011
Ed Balls creates an anniversary
In 2011, British politician and ex-shadow chancellor Ed Balls made a simple narcissistic Twitter gaffe that became so popular and famous that us Brits turned it into a yearly tradition known as "Ed Balls day".
The Delta airlines prank
This tweet apparently showed a man getting kicked off an aeroplane for simply speaking in Arabic on the phone to his mother. The tweet went viral, but was later to revealed to be fake when it was discovered that this tweeter was actually an internet prankster.
United Airlines is pleased to announce new seating on all domestic flights- in addition to United First and Economy Plus we introduce.... pic.twitter.com/KQjPClU2d2— McNeil (@Reflog_18) 10 April 2017
United Airlines blunder
In April 2017 a man was forcibly removed from a United Airlines flight after he refused to give up his seat. A PR nightmare followed for United Airlines which tried and failed to handle the situation successfully. There were numerous amusing tweets around the incident and the follow-up.
Thank you for everything. My last ask is the same as my first. I'm asking you to believe—not in my ability to create change, but in yours.— President Obama (@POTUS44) 11 January 2017
Obama's last message as President
Barack Obama had many popular tweets during his time as President, but his parting words proved to be one of the highest performing tweets on our list.
Four more years. pic.twitter.com/bAJE6Vom— Barack Obama (@BarackObama) 7 November 2012
Obama celebrating more years
The people of Twitter were pleased to see Obama serving four more years and they showed their love with over 900,000 retweets and more than half a million faves.
Always in my heart @Harry_Styles . Yours sincerely, Louis— Louis Tomlinson (@Louis_Tomlinson) 2 October 2011
One Direction love
Some tweets do not require explanation.
Kanye West's creativity ruined
Kanye West has a bit of a reputation for eccentric tweeting. In one Twitter session, he went on a bit of a tirade after misunderstanding tweets from another rapper that he assumed were about him. The resulting tweets got a lot of Twitter love, but this was the firm favourite.
LIMONADA ????— elrubius (@Rubiu5) 20 August 2016
One of the most retweeted posts of 2016 came in the form of one word - the Spanish for lemonade. The Youtuber behind the tweet managed to manipulate the numbers by offering prizes to those who retweeted him.
Ok I'll pay it. Send info https://t.co/xNpkMOSfEt— NICKI MINAJ (@NICKIMINAJ) 7 May 2017
This tweet doesn't make the list because of the number of retweets it garnered, but instead due to the act of human decency behind it. Nicki Minaj spent just under an hour on Twitter handing out gifts of money to down-on-their-luck fans. She helped pay for student loans, debts and tuition fees after asking for proof that the requests were legitimate.
just setting up my twttr— jack (@jack) 21 March 2006
Unsurprisingly, one of the most retweeted posts of all time also represents one of the milestones of Twitter's history with the company's co-founder Jack Dorsey setting up his own account way back in 2006.
apologizing to a very needy cat for being gone so long.— Taylor Swift (@taylorswift13) 6 December 2008
Taylor Swift's grumpy cat
In our next tweet, Taylor Swift shows us that even celebrities suffer from first world problems, especially when they're cat owners.
We can neither confirm nor deny that this is our first tweet.— CIA (@CIA) 6 June 2014
The CIA joins Twitter
With their first tweet, the Central Intelligence Agency demonstrated that even spooks can have a sense of humour. The people of Twitter approved of the message with over 300,000 retweets.
A life is like a garden. Perfect moments can be had, but not preserved, except in memory. LLAP— Leonard Nimoy (@TheRealNimoy) February 23, 2015
Wise last words
Actor, Leonard Nimoy's last tweet before he died was a poignant yet wise message which struck a chord with fans across the world and resulted in 270,000 retweets.
You know nothing, Jon Snow. pic.twitter.com/zBGto7bKaK— Ryan Nelson (@RyanJohnNelson) December 9, 2014
Channel 4 and Game of Thrones collide
Hilarity ensues as @RyanJohnNelson picks up on the accidental collision between Jon Snow Channel 4 newscaster and the famous line from Game of Thrones. Only a couple of thousand retweets, doesn't seem like enough in our opinion. Perhaps someone was hiding the door on this going viral.
Sir, sir, if you con, SIR IF CONTUNUE TO RAISE YOUR VOICE I'M GOING TO HAVE TO ASK YOU TO LEAVE SIR. pic.twitter.com/WIuyCntgBg— Shabba Da Hutt (@Jehwauhn) November 21, 2014
Cats aren't the only animals that can tickle your funny bone. Dogs can be hilarious too and dogs acting like people, even more so.
Yoooo I ordered a Pizza & Came with no Toppings on it or anything, Its Just Bread???? @dominos— ㅤㅤ (@SadderDre) September 1, 2014
In a hilarious pizza faux pas, @SadderDre publicly messaged Dominos to tell them they'd just sent him the dough rather than the pizza he was expecting.
It quickly turned out that the customer is not always right, when this tweeter followed up to say that actually, he'd just opened the box upside down. We're not even sure how you'd do that, but it was certainly pretty amusing.
Not an actual cloud
The readers of the Daily Mail have a certain reputation on the internet, but usually for their comments. Here, a tweeter catches the newspaper dumbing down the technology of the internet for its readers.
Once you’ve seen a guy walking his pet Hoover, there is really nothing left to see. pic.twitter.com/JvAf83FNXu— Michael Clarke (@Mr_Mike_Clarke) December 5, 2014
Taking Henry for a walk
Certainly easier to look after than a dog, Henry the Hoover even cleans up more mess than he makes. Plus walking him in public makes for hilarious tweets.
"You're sure that's the right word?"— carltonhimself (@carltonhimself) June 9, 2015
"Like, 80% sure, yeah."
"Print it." pic.twitter.com/RyteF8V2ko
Mistakes gone to print
We've seen far more cringeworthy errors going to print over the years, but this pitcher for the Boston Red Sox apparently has many talents including the ability to throw a ball with both hands and to live underwater as easily as he lives on land.
Incredible way of making my two star review seem like I didn't hate the film pic.twitter.com/zvOyIxHQ3h— Benjamin Lee (@benfraserlee) September 8, 2015
Creative marketing artwork
In a feat of creative marketing, this poster for the film "Legend", starring Tom Hardy as both Kray twins, was designed to neatly hide the two-star review from The Guardian. Even the writer of the review was impressed with the craftsmanship.
Slightly disturbing design flaw in this Minion body wash pic.twitter.com/Hko0AMFK9X— Ash Warner (@AlsBoy) August 23, 2015
Minion body wash problems
This poor Minion probably needs a nice relaxing bath after apparently bleeding from the eyes. Heaven knows what he saw. Probably just a bit of a design flaw spotted by Ash Warner and shared for all to enjoy, rather than the birth of the Anti-Christ.
You've seen nothing until you've seen a picture of a pigeon having a job interview to become a pigeon: pic.twitter.com/gfkUGVcb3p— Periwinkle Jones (@peachesanscream) December 18, 2013
Pigeon job interview
Pigeons are generally a menace to modern society, but at least every now and then they can give us some mild amusement. Periwinkle Jones managed to capture this classic moment when one pigeon was caught apparently being given a job interview in the local fast food establishment.
It's Google's 15th birthday today. Typical fifteen year old. It's got an answer for everything.— Chris (@ChribHibble) September 27, 2013
Google's Teenage birthday
There's no denying Chris is right, but what makes it worse is Google not only has an answer for everything, but it's usually right too.
It upsets me when restaurants think they are too good for ketchup. No one is too good for ketchup. Ketchup is too good for you.— Ed Sheeran (@edsheeran) September 16, 2013
Ed Sheeran loves ketchup
Ed Sheeran's tweets are as popular as his songs. He's a man of the people, with simple tastes - including a fondness for the red sauce.
I suspect that low-carb diets work not because they are healthier, but because without carbs I simply lose the will to eat.— Anna Kendrick (@AnnaKendrick47) November 5, 2015
Low carb diets
Actress Anna Kendrick has some interesting thoughts on why low-carb diets work and there certainly is no denying her logic.
I'd walk through fire for my daughter. Well not FIRE, because it's dangerous. But a super humid room. But not too humid, because my hair.— Ryan Reynolds (@VancityReynolds) September 11, 2015
Ryan Reynolds hilarity
Ryan Reynolds has a reputation for amusing Twitter antics and it's pretty hard to pick a favourite. However, he's also shown himself to have some pretty smashing parenting advice under his hat and he really loves his daughter.
Avocado: not ripe— Elspeth (@elspetheastman) September 18, 2016
Avocado: not ripe
Avocado: not ripe
Avocado: I'M RIPE NOW
Avocado: okay you were in the bathroom so I rotted
Avocados are evil
Avocados have a bit of a negative reputation and not without good reason. They might be a superfood, but they're also sassy with it, tormenting us with the lack of ripeness. Elspeth captured this frustration perfectly in a tweet that 35,000 other people happily agreed with.
friend: how are things?— keely flaherty (@flahertykeely) August 25, 2016
me: things are good!
narrator: things were not good
Life is going well
If your life had a narrator, what would they say?
I see you shiver with antici ...— Frank Furter (@DrFNFurter) 8 May 2009
... pation.— Frank Furter (@DrFNFurter) 8 May 2014
You've got to tip your hat to this tweeter. Waiting five whole years to deliver a punchline takes some dedication.
Son: "Mom, Dad.. I'm gay"— Guy Dangerous (@Lerky) 24 October 2015
Mom: *staring at dad
Dad: ...*clenches fists
Dad: *sweats profusely
Dad: HI GAY, IM DAD
Dad jokes are the best aren't they? We were wondering where this one was going for a moment, but we weren't disappointed.
date: So what do you do?— dan mentos (@DanMentos) 28 April 2015
me: *pulls out stuffed fox* I'm a taxidermist
date: Oh wow
fox: and a ventriloquist
Probably the best taxidermist joke you've seen today. Or ever for that matter.
What do we want? CLICKBAIT— Andy Vale (@AndyVale) 26 August 2015
When do we want it? The answer will shock you.
Clickbait is unfortunately still a thing, but that doesn't mean we can't enjoy the fun that this tweet has to offer.
When parents say to kids "go to ur room & think about what you've done" it's really good practice for what you'll do every night as an adult— pat tobin (@tastefactory) 18 September 2015
In a classic "it's funny because it's true" tweet, Pat Tobin shares some wisdom about life as we know it.
4 months ago i quietly left 57 dvds of 'click' at my parents' house and they've still never noticed or mentioned it pic.twitter.com/j864rH9eG8— demi adejuyigbe (@electrolemon) 28 November 2013
The DVD prank
This tweet seems like it might have been an expensive prank to carry out with very little results. We're not even sure we get the joke behind it but 60,000 other people certainly enjoyed it.
*shipwrecked diary*— brent (@murrman5) 14 August 2013
Day 1: alone, doing well. Mentally sound. Met a crab
Day 2: I have married the crab.
Day 3: I have eaten my wife.
Living life shipwrecked on a desert island isn't necessarily all it's cracked up to be.
My neighbor has an unsecured, wireless printer. I just sent this document to it. pic.twitter.com/dBvSmTpfpp— Shari VanderWerf (@shariv67) 10 July 2013
The self-aware printer
Sometimes it's fun to poke at those less technologically capable and if you can turn that into an internet joke, all the better.