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

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

Carter Wilkerson tweeted at Wendy's official fast-food Twitter account in April asking how many retweets it would take to earn a year's supply of chicken nuggets. Wilkerson even appeared on DeGeneres' show, creating a surreal moment where the record holder was giving a boost to her challenger.

He was rewarded for his efforts anyway.

The money will go to the Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption, a U.S. charity set up in 1992 by the founder of Wendy's.

On Tuesday's show, Carter will share with Ellen that he was dumbfounded when the tweet was retweeted 50,000 times overnight and grew his follower count from 150 to 67,000 in the span of two weeks. What he may not have known was that his inquiry would become the most retweeted tweet of all time.

With Wendy's getting some good publicity, a worthy cause receiving monetary benefit and, most importantly, Carter getting his free nuggs, it looks like a win-win for everyone involved.

Plus, Carter and Ellen take a selfie together to campaign for more retweets.

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

Other companies replied to the teenager with their own offers, including United Airlines, which said it would fly him to a Wendy's restaurant in any of the cities it serves.

But here's a trick: ask for free chicken nuggets for life and you'll be all drowning in retweets, apparently. But getting that kind of traction is extremely hard for the non-celebrities among us. With 3.5 million retweets, the 16-year-old Reno teen has officially knocked Ellen's famous Oscar selfie down to the second most retweeted tweet on the social media platform.

"One of the Victoria Secret angels retweeted it and said she'd take me to NY and get me a frosty".

Wilkerson told the New York Times that his record is gonna look "pretty cool" on a college application. As of Tuesday afternoon, he had 2.5 million retweets.

It's official. Twitter has a new World Record for retweets, at least until Beyonce has her baby twins.

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