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

10 May, 2017, 02:32 | Author: Warren Cooper
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"[Wilkerson] is now the most retweeted tweet of all-time".

But that number didn't deter Wilkerson; rather, Wendy's challenge lit a fire under him - and, basically, all of Twitter. Carter is up 6,000 retweets over Ellen's tweet, but she has 1.4 million more likes on her tweet.

And Tuesday Wilkerson beat the odds with 3.4 million retweets.

That was after she and Bradley Cooper produced a fake PSA, asking for help to get more retweets on their viral Oscar selfie so they could keep the record. And, she's been dethroned by someone who, until he chose to tweet at the Wendy's account, had about 150 followers. The company also said it would donate $100,000 to the Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption, a Wendy's-affiliated nonprofit charity created by the company's founder, that finds permanent homes for children in foster care.

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Although Wilkerson got his nuggs, he's still not giving up on the 18 million goal. The restaurant chain replied with a target of 18 million, to which Carter boldly replied: "Consider it done".

Wilkerson appeared on DeGeneres' show last month.

Ellen, however, wasn't impressed her "cultural phenomenon" of a selfie was being dethroned by some hungry teenager - and gave Carter some very lavish gifts to ensure his cooperation.

Track athlete Carter Wilkerson from Bishop Manogue High School in Reno, Nevada, now has the most retweeted tweet ever - #NuggsForCarter. Thanks to DeGeneres's 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. The tweet instantly went viral, and as Wilkerson inched closer to Ellen's record, she chose to cut a deal with him. "Then it took off and now I am making Twitter history".


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