2019's top Singapore tweets: Heart-warming MRT tale and overzealous NDP auntie

A thread about Mr Takalah Tan and a woman who accidentally knocked the head of the woman seated in front of her at the National Day Parade were among the most tweeted in 2019. PHOTOS: TWITTER

SINGAPORE - Singaporeans loved tweeting about heart-warming local stories and funny moments this year, according to statistics by Twitter.

Topping the Year On Twitter 2019 report for the Republic with more than 119,000 retweets is a clip of a woman who got so scared at the sight of a huge python at the Singapore Zoo that she fell to the ground as she tried to run away, with a dramatic tumble in between.

Singaporeans also had a good chuckle over an overzealous lady caught on camera accidentally knocking the head of the woman seated in front of her at the National Day Parade. A video captured off the TV telecast became Singapore's fifth-most retweeted post.

Inspiring and heartwarming tweets spoke to Singaporeans as well. In second place with more than 85,000 retweets is a Twitter thread about Mr Takalah Tan, a former commando and triathlete who overcame the odds despite suffering severe brain injuries many years ago.

Twitter user @sp1derboi had met Mr Tan by chance on the MRT, and recounted his life story on social media - a tale which was quickly reshared by other users.

In fourth place was a video uploaded by Mr Hafies Syazwan (@hafieswaffles), which showed a group of Singapore Civil Defence Force boys transforming into action-ready firefighters in a flash.

Meanwhile, Singapore's most tweeted hashtags were #MUFC and #AvengersEndgame for Manchester United Football Club and the blockbuster superhero movie respectively.

The third-most tweeted hashtag was Japanese role-playing game #GranblueFantasy as scores of social media users posted about their personalised characters.

Mr Arvinder Gujral, Twitter's managing director for South-east Asia, said: "People flock to Twitter to see what's happening and join in conversations on trending topics and events in Singapore and around the world... In 2019, we see many Singaporeans share stories that are unique to the Singaporean experience."

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