US President Donald Trump is noted for his use of Twitter, but it was his predecessor Barack Obama who made it into the top 10 for the most retweeted tweets of 2017.

Donald Trump may have succeeded Barack Obama as president of the United States, but Obama beat him when it came to the most popular tweets of 2017.
Donald Trump may have succeeded Barack Obama as president of the United States, but Obama beat him when it came to the most popular tweets of 2017. ( AP )

US President Donald Trump is perhaps the world's most famous Twitter user, but the most popular post of 2017 was from... Barack Obama.

Three tweets by the former US leader made it onto Twitter's Top 10 list of retweeted messages for this year.

There were none from Trump despite his prolific use of the platform. The current US president was, however, the elected leader most tweeted about, Twitter said.

A tweet racking up the most 'likes', about 4.6 million as of Tuesday, came from Obama's personal Twitter account on the day of a deadly white supremacist rally in Charlottesville, Virginia.

The tweet showed a photo of a racially diverse group of children looking out a window at Obama as he smiled back, and bore a quote from Nelson Mandela.

The same Twitter post was the second most re-tweeted of the year, behind a tweet from a teenager trying to win a year's supply of chicken nuggets from fast food chain Wendy's.

Source: AFP