Teen who asked Wendy's for nuggets breaks all-time retweet record

Nevada teen Carter Wilkerson has successfully ousted Ellen DeGeneres for the world record of the most retweeted tweet of all time. The title, previously held by DeGeneres at 3.4 million retweets, comes a little over a month after Wilkerson asked the Wendy’s Twitter account how many retweets he would need for a free year’s supply of chicken nuggets, and the company responded with “18 million.”

May 9th, 9:36AM ET.
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Since then, brands and celebrities have all poured their support for Wilkerson, from Apple Music, Google, and Microsoft to actor Aaron Paul, T-Mobile CEO John Legere, and Ellen DeGeneres herself. United tried to get in on the fun, too, but mostly this backfired just about immediately. Meanwhile, Twitter has granted Wilkerson a verified badge, and made a custom hashtag with emoji for the cause. It even included Wilkerson’s tweet in its Q1 shareholder letter.

Wilkerson appeared on The Ellen Show on April 18th (about a week and a half since his initial tweet) where she proposed that if he makes it to 18 million retweets, she’ll give him a special prize — but on the condition that he doesn’t surpass her own record by asking fans to retweet both their accounts and surge to 18 million together. Whoops. Sorry, Ellen.

Since the tweet went viral, Wilkerson has pivoted his objective a bit — promising that once the record is broken, Wendy’s will donate $100,000 to The Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption. Wendy’s also confirmed that the teen will get his nuggets, though it didn’t specify how many pieces he’ll be allotted per day. For the amount of press the company got though, complying with Wilkerson’s nuggets demand sounds like bargain.


G.D. Internet… ¯\(ツ)

Where else can you just type some shit on someone else’s shit and get famous.

When is the funeral?

Can we all un-retweet this now?

Why? The tweet actually has been turned into a good thing, instead of just some guy making Wendy’s popular and getting nuggets for a a year. Now Wendy’s is going to donate $100,000 to Dave Thomas’ Foundation for adoption (Dave Thomas was the founder of Wendy’s and an orphan who was adopted, his will gave a large chunk of his fortune to his foundation for adoption).

This started out as a lark but something good came from it so how is it a negative now?

cause people are bitter af now a days, just complain for the sake of complaining

This is like the perfect opposite of the United situation. Company does something mildly amusing instead of horrifying, it goes viral and pays incredible dividends in good pr.

Wendy’s sure knows how to tweet. They have a good team there.

Wendy’s social media game has been consistently on point.

How many retweets for free cancer treatment to cure kid after eating a year’s worth of nuggets?

Don’t worry, he’ll be treated at a Children’s Hospital, and his family will get to stay in the Ronald McDonald House next door.

So how many does he actually have so far? I can’t believe something so simple isn’t included in the article, and there are so many links in it, I can’t figure out which one is for the actual tweet…

Just click on @carterjwm in the article? It’s a pinned tweet so it shows up on top of his feed.

I’m obviously a luddite when it comes to Twitter. That and Facebook have interfaces that are just a convoluted nightmare for me to follow… So, y’know, thanks.

it’s in the photo screenshotted right below the first paragraph. didn’t include the number as it was bound to fluctuate during the first hours of surpassing ellen’s tweet (and will continue to. As of right now, he is at 3.5M)

Just shy of 3.5 million. Last time I checked, he passed Ellen’s tweet by a couple hundred thousand.

Nice little story to breakup the political rabble rouse going on in america. Good on Wendy’s and cool story he can have forever.

How are Wendy’s nuggets anyway?

p good tbh

So… how many retweets did he get? Seems strange not to mention that.

I didn’t retweet him, as I’m a vegetarian

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