On Wednesday, April 5, Wilkerson tweeted, "Yo @wendys how many retweets for a year of free chicken nuggets"?
Wendy's accepted the challenge, giving him a target of 18 million - and while the nugget enthusiast has failed to hit the figure he has ousted DeGeneres' record-breaking figure thanks to a simple hashtag and support from brands and celebrities like Google, Microsoft and John Legere.
On her talk show, DeGeneres chatted about her record possibly being broken by "Nugget Boy" a week after Wilkerson's plea, when his tweet reached 2.6 million retweets. Twitter confirmed the record to The Associated Press on Tuesday, saying #NuggsForCarter has become "the most retweeted tweet of all time".
To mark the tweet in question hitting the milestone, U.S. restaurant chain Wendy's announced that it had donated $100,000 (£77,317) to the Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption (DFTA), a charity devoted to finding homes for children in foster care. He won't, I'm guessing, get all the free stuff DeGeneres promised him if he lets her Twitter record stay intact.
This story has been edited to correct the last name of the teen to Wilkerson, from Wilkinson. Ellen and Bradley Cooper, one of the stars featured in the iconic selfie, reached out to fans with a message asking to help Carter achieve his goal while simultaneously helping them hold on to their title by retweeting both tweets. How the Wendy's team came up with the number 18 million is as of yet unknown.
Plus, Carter and Ellen take a selfie together to campaign for more retweets.
It's all about the free nuggets.
Take a seat Ellen, Twitter has a new champion. Wilkerson says now, he's "making Twitter history".
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