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

Carter Wilkerson is approaching top retweet of all time

Carter Wilkerson is approaching top retweet of all time

It's a plea for free chicken nuggets for Wendy's. "He had never gotten so many as 10 retweets on a single tweet before, he said, so topping that would be kind of cool".

Wendy's replied "18 million".

Shortly after Wendy's response, the 16-year-old from Reno, Nev., took a screenshot of the conversation and asked fellow nugget lovers to help him because, as he tweeted, "a man needs his nuggs".

While Wilkerson didn't reach the 18 million mark, his tweet did get 3.4 million retweets, breaking the record previous held by Ellen DeGeneres by about 2,000 retweets.

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

As a result, Wilkerson's Twitter following has grown from 138 followers to more than 100,000.

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It also revealed it would be donating $100,000 to a children's fostering agency, a charity he supports.

As she was feeling the hot battered breath of Carter's tweet at her back, Ellen invited him on to her show where she gifted him with a free TV and year's supply of something that is decidedly not nuggets.

"Wendy's leveraged the unique conversation that happens only on Twitter into national prominence for their brand, creating a call for Retweets that inspired unprecedented engagement", the tech firm said. The tweet instantly went viral, and as Wilkerson inched closer to Ellen's record, she made a decision to cut a deal with him.

The comedian, 59, set a record in March 2014 with her epic Academy Awards pic, which has since garnered more than 3,431,000 retweets.

Wendy's chose to reward Carter's efforts which led to his tweet becoming the most retweeted tweet in the history of Twitter. Approximately 313,000,000 users log into Twitter monthly, and even getting just 6% of them to retweet such an innocuous request seemed like an impossible task.

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