Teen's plea for free Wendy's nuggets sets retweet record

Teen's plea for free Wendy's nuggets sets retweet record

Wilkerson's tweet from early April asking for a year's supply of free chicken nuggets from Wendy's did, however, garner 3.42 million retweets, pushing him past Ellen DeGeneres' Oscar selfie tweet, which was the previous record-holder. In fact, to meet the goal of 18 million, his tweet had to do more than five times as well as the most retweeted tweet in history. Wilkerson's casual response? "Consider it done".

"HELP ME PLEASE", he tweeted, with a screenshot of his messages to Wendy's. A post about chicken nuggets is now the most retweeted tweet ever. "If you get 18 million somehow, by some miracle, you get 18 million, I'll have another gift for you, but you can't pass me, I have to be above that!" "It shows the importance of reacting quickly to trending topics on social media".

In his April interview with the Gazette-Journal, Wilkerson said that he had initially agreed to Wendy's challenge as a joke. The quest was carried out under the hashtag #nuggsforcarter.

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The famous selfie taken by DeGeneres during the Oscars in 2014 holds the current record for most retweets at 3.3 million.

His tweet doesn't feature the likes of Meryl Streep, Jennifer Lawrence, Brad Pitt, and Julia Roberts. It's earned just more than 3.4 million retweets while Carter's, as of this morning, has so far netted about 3.5 million.

His record was enough for Wendy's to give in on Tuesday, offering him a year of free chicken nuggets and announcing a $100,000 donation to their own Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption.

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Even her mock PSA failed to stop Carter's momentum.

Watch the clip (below) to see what might be the last of the chicken nugget loving teen!

As part of his campaign Wilkerson also created a website at nuggsforcarter.com, which sells T-shirts to raise money for the Dave Thomas Foundation.

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