If you’re at all baffled with how social media works, this story might leave you scratching your head until your hair falls out. A 16-year-old from Reno, Nevada, could potentially set the record for the most retweeted tweet of all time… because users on Twitter want to help him get free Wendy’s chicken nuggets for a year. Going viral has never paired so well with honey mustard sauce.
As we covered this past Friday, the whole thing started with a simple question posed on Twitter. A young man named Carter Wilkerson tweeted to Wendy’s, “Yo @Wendys how many retweets for a year of free chicken nuggets?” Wendy’s responded with just a number: “18 Million.” Now, importantly, this number was clearly a joke. The most retweeted tweet in the history of Twitter is from Ellen DeGeneres, and it only has about 3.3 million retweets. Reaching 18 million retweets would be impossible. Or would it…?
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Taking Wendy’s up on its challenge, Carter Wilkerson posted a tweet on April 5 that said, “HELP ME PLEASE. A MAN NEEDS HIS NUGGS,” and featured a screengrab of his interaction with the fast food chain. That tweet now stands at nearly 2.5 million retweets and climbing.