Game of Thrones in Data: The Character Connections Drawn by Tweeters
By Gemma JoyceMay 17
Published May 10th 2019
Of all the things to break a record for, the most liked picture on Instagram (given that there are now a billion monthly users, and 3.5 billion likes per day) is probably one of the biggest challenges.
You need a following. You could (debatably) do with some photography skills. You want to (again, debatably) have something worth taking a picture of.
As we’ll see in the list of top pictures, not all of the above are totally necessary, but they’ll help. So, here goes.
* If you’re not a fan of Cristiano Ronaldo or Kylie Jenner you may find this list distressing.
Cristiano Ronaldo enters the list for the first time with this recent post.
In this post he shares a cheerful set of videos of himself and his family singing along to a few songs.
It’s also the newest post on this list, so we could see it rise up the ranks soon.
The first of a few Selena Gomez’s posts on this list. Selena has amassed a massive Instagram audience meaning her posts rack up likes quickly.
A simple shot of herself, this post is one of the more recent on the list. Expect it to climb a few more rankings at least before long.
With his only spot on the list (so far) we have Robert Downey Jr. The post is of him hosting a lunch with the female cast from the Marvel films.
Celebrity-packed and coming hot off the heels of Avengers: Endgame, this post might find itself higher up the ranks soon.
It’s also not the only Avengers-themed photo in this list either.
Ronaldo’s life seems pretty sweet. I mean, I haven’t set foot on a boat (let alone a luxury yacht) in at least a few years. Here he is chilling on one in Dubai with his girlfriend.
Here’s Selena Gomez’s first picture in the list. It’s also one of the most recently taken photo on this list, making its placement that much more impressive.
The picture itself is just a simple selfie, while her other post on the list is just her hanging out with her friends. Clearly Gomez has a very strong following on the platform.
Here’s a rare smiley one from both Kylie and Stormi who have coincidentally showed up to this party in matching outfits. How embarrassing!
As you may have noticed, Stormi hasn’t had many smiles in this list so far, and you’re not going to see one again. Her next facial expression (spoilers) is more confused than happy.
The first of the eggs on the list, this one started to reveal the mystery of The Egg. The Egg being first on this list after becoming an unexpected viral hit.
The mystery has since been revealed, and is explained at the end of this post, but such was the popularity of The Egg, this one has managed to take its own place in the top 20.
Oh, here’s another family pic from Kylie Jenner. Like I said, it’s not the smiliest of pics but you don’t need to smile to get likes, or to get into the top 10 on this list.
Stormi is just six months old in this pic, and she’s already an Instagram star.
Here Cristiano Ronaldo announces his allegiance to Juventus Football Club.
Something about the font here makes me feel a bit queazy, but it obviously didn’t put Ronaldo’s fans off.
A healthy 12.3 million likes sets this post at number 9 on our list.
This list is ranked using data and data only, but this is definitely my favorite of all.
No matter how famous you are, Christmas is Christmas. Everyone wears a silly hat. Everyone decorates with tacky ornaments. And all members of the family have their highs and lows throughout the day – check out the mix of facial expressions going on here, ranging from total joy to complete indifference.
Grande posted this photo after the death of rapper Mac Miller, who died unexpectedly in September 2018.
The pair met in 2012 and announced they were a couple in 2016. The relationship came to an end earlier in 2018.
News of Miller’s death rocked the music industry and many big names came out to pay tribute to him.
Kylie Jenner’s next placement on the list celebrates the one month anniversary of her “angel baby”‘s birth.
The pair are photographed wearing what I’d call lazy day clothes, a fashion trend that I fully support.
Kylie back in again, this time with a series of photos celebrating her boyfriend’s birthday.
Along with a heartfelt message, the post has resonated with people, quickly rising up the ranks after it was posted in April 2019.
Justin Bieber’s only entry on our top 20 list is this lengthy and loving post dedicated to Hailey Baldwin.
While Beiber’s always had a pretty thankful tone on social media, this post and his recent behavior certainly points to a more mature outlook on life.
Let’s hope he keeps it up.
A very recent entry to the list, Kylie Jenner takes up another spot with this post of her family dressed up as Iron Man, Captain Marvel, and Thor.
Jumping on all the excitement around Avengers: Endgame, this post has shot straight to upper echelons of this list.
A previous Selena Gomez post used to be further up this list but was pushed off by a second egg and this picture. It’s also currently the most recent photo in the top 20.
The picture is of Selena Gomez on the beach celebrating her best friend’s engagement and looks exactly like a picture your own friends would take in the summer.
This was the last post from rapper XXXTentacion before his death in June 2018.
It’s actually the only picture on his Instagram feed.
Eerily, a music video was released posthumously in which the rapper attends his own funeral.
Similar to our first place on this list, this post is a newcomer appearing straight out of the blue.
Part of a venture to plant more trees, the post promises to translate likes into forests. At a time with the environment being such a huge topic, it’s no surprise this has rocketed into a high position here.
Still in the early days, could this be a contender for the top spot?
This is Kylie’s 7th post on the top 20 list, and it’s her most liked so far.
She’s bossed Instagram, there’s no doubt about that. And she held the record for the most liked Instagram picture for a fairly long time with this post, too.
The trouble is, when there’s a record to break, some people (and eggs) like to take on the challenge.
This picture of an egg cracked Kylie Jenner’s Instagram record by a long shot, with over 50 million likes at the time of writing.
The world_record_egg account began a campaign to set the world record for the most liked post on Instagram, and it was an invitation people just couldn’t turn down.
The account was successful, and didn’t need to build much of an audience to do it, either.
The cheeky egg even got a response from Kylie herself.
There was a lot of speculation about who was behind the egg, and as time went on the egg began to crack.
Literally, it posted pictures of itself cracking.
The big reveal came during the Super Bowl when it was revealed Hulu had partnered with the egg to raise awareness around mental health.
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