Each social network has its own greatest-hits list. YouTube had “The Evolution of Dance.” Facebook seems to generate million-like stories about kids and puppies every other week. Many of Tumblr’s most-noted stories feature cats and/or GIFs
These most-popular stories do not describe everyone’s individual experience on these platforms, but you have to admit, they do say something about what’s celebrated collectively. They represent the mass-market experience of the social network.
So, on the eve of Twitter’s initial public offering, we took a look at what Twitter-tracker Favstar says are the most-retweeted tweets of all time (though none is more than a couple years old).