Twitter has released its annual list of movers and shakers and, unsurprisingly, the world of entertainment dominated what the immensely popular social-media platform has deemed “the year of the selfie.” It's only fitting, then, that Ellen DeGeneres’ Oscars selfie, which garnered 3.4 million retweets, took home the “Golden Tweet” award as the most-retweeted tweet of the year – and incidentally, of all time.
To compare, 2013’s Golden Tweet was Lea Michele’s tribute to her Glee co-star, Cory Monteith, with 384,000 retweets.
— Ellen DeGeneres (@TheEllenShow) March 3, 2014
It was a big year in social media for royals, too: Princes William and Harry posted their first selfies this year and the Queen tweeted for the first time – but not before her cheery photobomb at the Common Wealth Games made headlines around the world.
In Canada, Justin Bieber led the way with 57.5 million followers and is the second-most followed person in the world, behind Katy Perry. Justin also had the top Canadian tweet this year for his DUI-related message in January, which was retweeted 485,846 times.
As if all that weren't enough, the 20-year-old pop star was the most mentioned celebrity on Twitter this year, followed by One Direction's Niall Horan, Harry Styles and Liam Payne, and Ariana Grande.
The most-followed Canadian after Justin was Drake, then Avril Lavigne, Jim Carrey and Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson (who is a dual Canadian-American citizen).
Aside from Justin, three other Canadian tweets that were extremely popular this year were Dwayne Johnson's hilarious #ThrowbackThursday image, Seth Rogen’s spoof of Kim and Kanye’s Vogue cover and Avril Lavigne’s April Fool’s Day “feud” with Miley Cyrus.