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Corona, the US elections and video games: These topics were popular with Germans on Twitter this year

The most successful hashtags, the tweets that went viral the most, and the accounts with the greatest increase in followers: That was the Twitter year 2020 in Germany.

The current year saw one formative event in particular: the corona pandemic. This is reflected on the one hand in the recently chosen words of the year - in Germany it is the same as the “corona pandemic” itself, while in German-speaking Switzerland it has made it “systemically relevant” - and on the other hand in the annual reviews of the social media platforms that in December each year.

Using Twitter in particular, it is easy to see which topics have moved the media and the public. According to the platform, the hashtag most used in Germany in 2020 is #corona. In addition, there seems to have been a lot of room for entertainment topics, places two to four in that order go to the South Korean boy band #bts, the game console #nintendoswitch and the video game #animalcrossing that can be played on it. The top ten are completed by #merkel, #trump, #blacklivesmatter, #hanau, #art and #moria.

Drosten account with the greatest growth in followers

The dominance of the corona crisis can still be seen in the ranking of those accounts that recorded the greatest follower growth in Germany in 2020. This is dominated by virologists, scientists and politicians who were in the spotlight in the context of the pandemic. First place goes to the Twitter account of the virologist Christian Drosten, ahead of that of the SPD health politician Karl Lauterbach and the science journalist Mai Thi Nguyen-Kim.

Also in ninth and tenth place are two virologists, Alexander Kekulé and Hendrik Streeck. Markus Söder (4th place), Kevin Kühnert (7) and Jens Spahn (8) are the politicians whose accounts in Germany gained the most followers in 2020. However, it's not all corona pandemic and politics: With Unge in fifth place and Papaplatte in sixth place, two streamers can also be found in the top ten.

The emojis most used in Germany on Twitter, however, only reflect the serious global situation to a limited extent. Seventy percent of the emojis used in the top ten have positive connotations. Only two of them, on the other hand, are sad and another is thoughtful.

Sad tweet breaks record of most likes

The tweet most liked worldwide last year was the news of the death of the American actor Chadwick Boseman, who can be seen in "Black Panther" among others.

The post broke Barack Obama's previous record for the most likes for a tweet. He held this place until then for his condolences after the death of basketball player Kobe Bryant and his daughter Gianna in January 2020.

Kobe was a legend on the court and just getting started in what would have been just as meaningful a second act. To lose Gianna is even more heartbreaking to us as parents. Michelle and I send love and prayers to Vanessa and the entire Bryant family on an unthinkable day.

- Barack Obama (@BarackObama) January 26, 2020

However, Twitter is also the place for a quick, funny saying or a pinch of irony, as the most popular tweets in third and sixth place show. First of all, the American entertainer Andy Milonakis congratulated the astronauts who flew into space at the end of May - not for entering space, but for leaving Earth in the face of the crisis: "Good choice!"

Congratulations to the Astronauts that left Earth today. Good choice

- Andy Milonakis (@andymilonakis) May 30, 2020

And then Macaulay Culkin reminds us that he's already forty years old. Yes, exactly the actor who played the little boy in "Kevin - Home Alone" and "Kevin - Alone in New York" at a time when Donald Trump was still attracting attention through guest roles in films and not because of his work in the white House.

Hey guys, wanna feel old?

I'm 40.

You're welcome.

- Macaulay Culkin (@IncredibleCulk) August 26, 2020

The most-liked tweets in fourth and fifth place remind us that in 2020, in addition to the corona pandemic, there was also the presidential election in the USA. They go to Kamala Harris and Joe Biden. Since the election was just about to take place, the tweets are currently still collecting likes, which is why they could gain even more.

America, I'm honored that you have chosen me to lead our great country.

The work ahead of us will be hard, but I promise you this: I will be a President for all Americans - whether you voted for me or not.

I will keep the faith that you have placed in me. pic.twitter.com/moA9qhmjn8

- Joe Biden (@JoeBiden) November 7, 2020

Teacher ensures retweet success with experiment

In the case of the tweets related to Germany that were shared the most, a competition comes first. Immediately afterwards, a tweet from a teacher who wanted to show his class, as part of the “Media and Internet” topic, how quickly an image can spread on the Internet. Very quickly, as the almost 19,500 retweets show.

At the moment I am dealing with the topic of media & internet with my class.
I would like to show the children how quickly a picture can spread on the Internet.

So it would be really nice if you diligently share and retweet the picture of my class.

Thanks from the 4a! pic.twitter.com/QOMtaPj1lp

- Elementary school tweets (@Der_Mr_Lehrer) September 10, 2020

Third and fourth places were once again conquered by tweets related to the corona virus. First an announcement in an ICE to supporters of conspiracy theories, then a tweet from the Federal Ministry of Health, which warns of false information.

Great announcement in the #ICE to all the supporters of #exposure theories in times of the #coronavirus 👇🏽👍🏼 Listen carefully👂🏻 # Bahn # DeutscheBahnpic.twitter.com / CRqnLbxZBh

- Sabine Leidig (@SabineLeidig) May 15, 2020

❗️Warning fake news
It is claimed and quickly spread that the Federal Ministry of Health / the federal government will soon announce massive further restrictions on public life. That's not true!
Please help to stop it from spreading. pic.twitter.com/h8bG7ued9N

- BMG (@BMG_Bund) March 14, 2020

Fifth place in the ranking of most retweets goes to a tweet from Joko and Klaas, which refers to a fifteen-minute video on the subject of “sexual harassment towards women”.

Almost half of all women in Germany have been sexually harassed at some point.

Even in the current times of crisis, other important issues must not be allowed to go under.
Here you can watch the 15 # JKLive minutes again. # Männerweltenhttps: //t.co/eITvx064wi

- Joko & Klaas (@jokoundklaas) May 13, 2020

The article, in which the author Sophie Passmann discusses male violence against women and sexual harassment online, sparked a broad discussion. In addition to many positive reactions, there were also those who complained that the voices of migrant women and non-white women were neglected in the video or that it was not discussed that Joko and Klaas had also molested a woman in a program.

After all: the TV program took place

In a year marked by lockdown and contact restrictions, one could at least rely on one thing: the TV program. And while the latest episode of the favorite series was playing on the big screen, people were busy commenting on and analyzing them on Twitter. The most commented series in 2020 was “Shadow Hunters”, ahead of “Jungle Camp” and “GNTM”.

The ranking lists of hashtags and tweets presented in the article are based on internal data from Twitter and cover the period from January 1st to November 24th, 2020.