A tweet from a teenager asking a US fast food chain for a year's supply of free chicken nuggets has become the most retweeted post ever.
As of this writing, Carter Wilkerson had more than 3,470,000 retweets and counting. That's the most ever on the platform.
Wilkerson, 16, tweeted at Wendy's in April to ask how many retweets he'd need to get free chicken nuggets for a year. The Wendy's Twitter account replied "18 million", and Wilkerson wrote a caps lock tweet to make it happen.
HELP ME PLEASE. A MAN NEEDS HIS NUGGS pic.twitter.com/4SrfHmEMo3— Carter Wilkerson (@carterjwm) April 6, 2017
It took off, earned celebrity endorsements, a round of international media attention, and a feeding frenzy of brands trying to siphon off some of the free publicity Wendy's was getting in all this.
Wilkerson is almost definitely not going to get 18 million retweets, at least not before the dying sun expands into a red giant and destroys the Earth.
He did beat Ellen DeGeneres' record, set with a group "selfie" taken by Bradley Cooper at the 2014 Oscars. That tweet currently has 3,430,270 retweets, as of this writing. Thanks to DeGeneres' own counter campaign to keep the record, that old tweet has also slowly been retweeted over the past several weeks - just not at the rate Wilkerson's was.
Oh and he's still getting the nuggets despite falling several million short of the original goal, according to Wendy's tweet about Wilkerson's new record.
"That's good for the nuggets," the brand tweeted on Tuesday morning. Wendy's is also giving $100,000 to charity.
The Washington Post