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A Man is Trying to Retweet His Way to a Year of Free Wendy’s Chicken Nuggets

A Man is Trying to Retweet His Way to a Year of Free Wendy’s Chicken Nuggets

One Twitter user is making a bold quest to rack up millions of retweets for chicken nuggets

Recently, Wendy’s has been known for its “sassy” social media presence.

Social media is a powerful tool that can be used to raise awareness for famine across the world, or make the internet band together to help one man try to win chicken nuggets from Wendy’s.

Twitter user Carter Wilkerson from Reno, Nevada, tweeted at the fast-food chain to see how many retweets it would take to get a year of free chicken nuggets. The brand responded with a near impossible number: 18 million.


@carterjwm 18 Million

— Wendy's (@Wendys) April 6, 2017

After racking up thousands of retweets, Wilkerson tried negotiating with Wendy’s to lower the number of retweets to a more realistic 180,000. Other Twitter users started chiming in to encourage Wendy’s to cut the man some slack and give him free chicken nuggets.

There haven’t been any updates on whether or not Wilkerson won his nuggets, but at least he got his 15 minutes of fame.


To read about 20 things you didn’t know about Wendy’s, click here.


A teenager asking for free chicken nuggets has become the most retweeted tweet of all time

Carter Wilkinson's request for nuggets was retweeted 3.4 million times Credit: Twitter

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I n April, a 16-year-old from Nevada named Carter Wilkinson sent a speculative tweet to the Wendy's fast food chain asking for free chicken nuggets.

Just two months later, he has become the author of the world's most retweeted tweet, seeing his demand for nuggets shared more than 3.4 million times.

His tweet, which simply read "HELP ME. A MAN NEEDS HIS NUGGS" overtook the previous record, Ellen DeGeneres' famous selfie taken backstage at the Oscars in 2014.

D epending on how you see it, the fact that a desperate plea for fast food surpassed an icon of 21st century internet culture, featuring some of the world's biggest celebrities, taken at the Oscars, is either a heartwarming example of the power of social media, or damning evidence of how the internet has turned us all into idiots.

E ither way, Wilkinson will be getting free nuggets for life, and Wendy's is making a $100,000 donation to the Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption (DTFA).

Wendy's had initially demanded 18 million retweets, but the company lowered the bar as the tweet picked up traction. Wilkinson's message attracted a swarm of other corporate Twitter accounts trying to bask in his viral glow, and was even mentioned in Twitter's quarterly results.

O ther high-profile accounts to join in on the action include former Republican presidential candidate Marco Rubio and popstar Zara Larsson.

W ilkinson has shot from 138 followers to more than 100,000 and, to his credit, has used his new found fame to promote charities including the DTFA.

On Tuesday he tweeted that he still plans to get to 18 million.

We did it guys! Thanks to you're help and support we were able to raise $100k for @DTFA and beat @TheEllenShow record! Now let's get 18mil!

&mdash Carter Wilkerson (@carterjwm) May 9, 2017

I n case you were wondering, the honour of the third-most retweeted tweet goes to One Direction's Louis Tomlinson for this rather formal message to his bandmate.

Always in my heart @Harry_Styles . Yours sincerely, Louis

&mdash Louis Tomlinson (@Louis_Tomlinson) October 2, 2011

A teenager asking for free chicken nuggets has become the most retweeted tweet of all time

Carter Wilkinson's request for nuggets was retweeted 3.4 million times Credit: Twitter

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I n April, a 16-year-old from Nevada named Carter Wilkinson sent a speculative tweet to the Wendy's fast food chain asking for free chicken nuggets.

Just two months later, he has become the author of the world's most retweeted tweet, seeing his demand for nuggets shared more than 3.4 million times.

His tweet, which simply read "HELP ME. A MAN NEEDS HIS NUGGS" overtook the previous record, Ellen DeGeneres' famous selfie taken backstage at the Oscars in 2014.

D epending on how you see it, the fact that a desperate plea for fast food surpassed an icon of 21st century internet culture, featuring some of the world's biggest celebrities, taken at the Oscars, is either a heartwarming example of the power of social media, or damning evidence of how the internet has turned us all into idiots.

E ither way, Wilkinson will be getting free nuggets for life, and Wendy's is making a $100,000 donation to the Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption (DTFA).

Wendy's had initially demanded 18 million retweets, but the company lowered the bar as the tweet picked up traction. Wilkinson's message attracted a swarm of other corporate Twitter accounts trying to bask in his viral glow, and was even mentioned in Twitter's quarterly results.

O ther high-profile accounts to join in on the action include former Republican presidential candidate Marco Rubio and popstar Zara Larsson.

W ilkinson has shot from 138 followers to more than 100,000 and, to his credit, has used his new found fame to promote charities including the DTFA.

On Tuesday he tweeted that he still plans to get to 18 million.

We did it guys! Thanks to you're help and support we were able to raise $100k for @DTFA and beat @TheEllenShow record! Now let's get 18mil!

&mdash Carter Wilkerson (@carterjwm) May 9, 2017

I n case you were wondering, the honour of the third-most retweeted tweet goes to One Direction's Louis Tomlinson for this rather formal message to his bandmate.

Always in my heart @Harry_Styles . Yours sincerely, Louis

&mdash Louis Tomlinson (@Louis_Tomlinson) October 2, 2011

A teenager asking for free chicken nuggets has become the most retweeted tweet of all time

Carter Wilkinson's request for nuggets was retweeted 3.4 million times Credit: Twitter

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I n April, a 16-year-old from Nevada named Carter Wilkinson sent a speculative tweet to the Wendy's fast food chain asking for free chicken nuggets.

Just two months later, he has become the author of the world's most retweeted tweet, seeing his demand for nuggets shared more than 3.4 million times.

His tweet, which simply read "HELP ME. A MAN NEEDS HIS NUGGS" overtook the previous record, Ellen DeGeneres' famous selfie taken backstage at the Oscars in 2014.

D epending on how you see it, the fact that a desperate plea for fast food surpassed an icon of 21st century internet culture, featuring some of the world's biggest celebrities, taken at the Oscars, is either a heartwarming example of the power of social media, or damning evidence of how the internet has turned us all into idiots.

E ither way, Wilkinson will be getting free nuggets for life, and Wendy's is making a $100,000 donation to the Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption (DTFA).

Wendy's had initially demanded 18 million retweets, but the company lowered the bar as the tweet picked up traction. Wilkinson's message attracted a swarm of other corporate Twitter accounts trying to bask in his viral glow, and was even mentioned in Twitter's quarterly results.

O ther high-profile accounts to join in on the action include former Republican presidential candidate Marco Rubio and popstar Zara Larsson.

W ilkinson has shot from 138 followers to more than 100,000 and, to his credit, has used his new found fame to promote charities including the DTFA.

On Tuesday he tweeted that he still plans to get to 18 million.

We did it guys! Thanks to you're help and support we were able to raise $100k for @DTFA and beat @TheEllenShow record! Now let's get 18mil!

&mdash Carter Wilkerson (@carterjwm) May 9, 2017

I n case you were wondering, the honour of the third-most retweeted tweet goes to One Direction's Louis Tomlinson for this rather formal message to his bandmate.

Always in my heart @Harry_Styles . Yours sincerely, Louis

&mdash Louis Tomlinson (@Louis_Tomlinson) October 2, 2011

A teenager asking for free chicken nuggets has become the most retweeted tweet of all time

Carter Wilkinson's request for nuggets was retweeted 3.4 million times Credit: Twitter

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I n April, a 16-year-old from Nevada named Carter Wilkinson sent a speculative tweet to the Wendy's fast food chain asking for free chicken nuggets.

Just two months later, he has become the author of the world's most retweeted tweet, seeing his demand for nuggets shared more than 3.4 million times.

His tweet, which simply read "HELP ME. A MAN NEEDS HIS NUGGS" overtook the previous record, Ellen DeGeneres' famous selfie taken backstage at the Oscars in 2014.

D epending on how you see it, the fact that a desperate plea for fast food surpassed an icon of 21st century internet culture, featuring some of the world's biggest celebrities, taken at the Oscars, is either a heartwarming example of the power of social media, or damning evidence of how the internet has turned us all into idiots.

E ither way, Wilkinson will be getting free nuggets for life, and Wendy's is making a $100,000 donation to the Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption (DTFA).

Wendy's had initially demanded 18 million retweets, but the company lowered the bar as the tweet picked up traction. Wilkinson's message attracted a swarm of other corporate Twitter accounts trying to bask in his viral glow, and was even mentioned in Twitter's quarterly results.

O ther high-profile accounts to join in on the action include former Republican presidential candidate Marco Rubio and popstar Zara Larsson.

W ilkinson has shot from 138 followers to more than 100,000 and, to his credit, has used his new found fame to promote charities including the DTFA.

On Tuesday he tweeted that he still plans to get to 18 million.

We did it guys! Thanks to you're help and support we were able to raise $100k for @DTFA and beat @TheEllenShow record! Now let's get 18mil!

&mdash Carter Wilkerson (@carterjwm) May 9, 2017

I n case you were wondering, the honour of the third-most retweeted tweet goes to One Direction's Louis Tomlinson for this rather formal message to his bandmate.

Always in my heart @Harry_Styles . Yours sincerely, Louis

&mdash Louis Tomlinson (@Louis_Tomlinson) October 2, 2011

A teenager asking for free chicken nuggets has become the most retweeted tweet of all time

Carter Wilkinson's request for nuggets was retweeted 3.4 million times Credit: Twitter

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I n April, a 16-year-old from Nevada named Carter Wilkinson sent a speculative tweet to the Wendy's fast food chain asking for free chicken nuggets.

Just two months later, he has become the author of the world's most retweeted tweet, seeing his demand for nuggets shared more than 3.4 million times.

His tweet, which simply read "HELP ME. A MAN NEEDS HIS NUGGS" overtook the previous record, Ellen DeGeneres' famous selfie taken backstage at the Oscars in 2014.

D epending on how you see it, the fact that a desperate plea for fast food surpassed an icon of 21st century internet culture, featuring some of the world's biggest celebrities, taken at the Oscars, is either a heartwarming example of the power of social media, or damning evidence of how the internet has turned us all into idiots.

E ither way, Wilkinson will be getting free nuggets for life, and Wendy's is making a $100,000 donation to the Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption (DTFA).

Wendy's had initially demanded 18 million retweets, but the company lowered the bar as the tweet picked up traction. Wilkinson's message attracted a swarm of other corporate Twitter accounts trying to bask in his viral glow, and was even mentioned in Twitter's quarterly results.

O ther high-profile accounts to join in on the action include former Republican presidential candidate Marco Rubio and popstar Zara Larsson.

W ilkinson has shot from 138 followers to more than 100,000 and, to his credit, has used his new found fame to promote charities including the DTFA.

On Tuesday he tweeted that he still plans to get to 18 million.

We did it guys! Thanks to you're help and support we were able to raise $100k for @DTFA and beat @TheEllenShow record! Now let's get 18mil!

&mdash Carter Wilkerson (@carterjwm) May 9, 2017

I n case you were wondering, the honour of the third-most retweeted tweet goes to One Direction's Louis Tomlinson for this rather formal message to his bandmate.

Always in my heart @Harry_Styles . Yours sincerely, Louis

&mdash Louis Tomlinson (@Louis_Tomlinson) October 2, 2011

A teenager asking for free chicken nuggets has become the most retweeted tweet of all time

Carter Wilkinson's request for nuggets was retweeted 3.4 million times Credit: Twitter

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I n April, a 16-year-old from Nevada named Carter Wilkinson sent a speculative tweet to the Wendy's fast food chain asking for free chicken nuggets.

Just two months later, he has become the author of the world's most retweeted tweet, seeing his demand for nuggets shared more than 3.4 million times.

His tweet, which simply read "HELP ME. A MAN NEEDS HIS NUGGS" overtook the previous record, Ellen DeGeneres' famous selfie taken backstage at the Oscars in 2014.

D epending on how you see it, the fact that a desperate plea for fast food surpassed an icon of 21st century internet culture, featuring some of the world's biggest celebrities, taken at the Oscars, is either a heartwarming example of the power of social media, or damning evidence of how the internet has turned us all into idiots.

E ither way, Wilkinson will be getting free nuggets for life, and Wendy's is making a $100,000 donation to the Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption (DTFA).

Wendy's had initially demanded 18 million retweets, but the company lowered the bar as the tweet picked up traction. Wilkinson's message attracted a swarm of other corporate Twitter accounts trying to bask in his viral glow, and was even mentioned in Twitter's quarterly results.

O ther high-profile accounts to join in on the action include former Republican presidential candidate Marco Rubio and popstar Zara Larsson.

W ilkinson has shot from 138 followers to more than 100,000 and, to his credit, has used his new found fame to promote charities including the DTFA.

On Tuesday he tweeted that he still plans to get to 18 million.

We did it guys! Thanks to you're help and support we were able to raise $100k for @DTFA and beat @TheEllenShow record! Now let's get 18mil!

&mdash Carter Wilkerson (@carterjwm) May 9, 2017

I n case you were wondering, the honour of the third-most retweeted tweet goes to One Direction's Louis Tomlinson for this rather formal message to his bandmate.

Always in my heart @Harry_Styles . Yours sincerely, Louis

&mdash Louis Tomlinson (@Louis_Tomlinson) October 2, 2011

A teenager asking for free chicken nuggets has become the most retweeted tweet of all time

Carter Wilkinson's request for nuggets was retweeted 3.4 million times Credit: Twitter

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I n April, a 16-year-old from Nevada named Carter Wilkinson sent a speculative tweet to the Wendy's fast food chain asking for free chicken nuggets.

Just two months later, he has become the author of the world's most retweeted tweet, seeing his demand for nuggets shared more than 3.4 million times.

His tweet, which simply read "HELP ME. A MAN NEEDS HIS NUGGS" overtook the previous record, Ellen DeGeneres' famous selfie taken backstage at the Oscars in 2014.

D epending on how you see it, the fact that a desperate plea for fast food surpassed an icon of 21st century internet culture, featuring some of the world's biggest celebrities, taken at the Oscars, is either a heartwarming example of the power of social media, or damning evidence of how the internet has turned us all into idiots.

E ither way, Wilkinson will be getting free nuggets for life, and Wendy's is making a $100,000 donation to the Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption (DTFA).

Wendy's had initially demanded 18 million retweets, but the company lowered the bar as the tweet picked up traction. Wilkinson's message attracted a swarm of other corporate Twitter accounts trying to bask in his viral glow, and was even mentioned in Twitter's quarterly results.

O ther high-profile accounts to join in on the action include former Republican presidential candidate Marco Rubio and popstar Zara Larsson.

W ilkinson has shot from 138 followers to more than 100,000 and, to his credit, has used his new found fame to promote charities including the DTFA.

On Tuesday he tweeted that he still plans to get to 18 million.

We did it guys! Thanks to you're help and support we were able to raise $100k for @DTFA and beat @TheEllenShow record! Now let's get 18mil!

&mdash Carter Wilkerson (@carterjwm) May 9, 2017

I n case you were wondering, the honour of the third-most retweeted tweet goes to One Direction's Louis Tomlinson for this rather formal message to his bandmate.

Always in my heart @Harry_Styles . Yours sincerely, Louis

&mdash Louis Tomlinson (@Louis_Tomlinson) October 2, 2011

A teenager asking for free chicken nuggets has become the most retweeted tweet of all time

Carter Wilkinson's request for nuggets was retweeted 3.4 million times Credit: Twitter

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I n April, a 16-year-old from Nevada named Carter Wilkinson sent a speculative tweet to the Wendy's fast food chain asking for free chicken nuggets.

Just two months later, he has become the author of the world's most retweeted tweet, seeing his demand for nuggets shared more than 3.4 million times.

His tweet, which simply read "HELP ME. A MAN NEEDS HIS NUGGS" overtook the previous record, Ellen DeGeneres' famous selfie taken backstage at the Oscars in 2014.

D epending on how you see it, the fact that a desperate plea for fast food surpassed an icon of 21st century internet culture, featuring some of the world's biggest celebrities, taken at the Oscars, is either a heartwarming example of the power of social media, or damning evidence of how the internet has turned us all into idiots.

E ither way, Wilkinson will be getting free nuggets for life, and Wendy's is making a $100,000 donation to the Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption (DTFA).

Wendy's had initially demanded 18 million retweets, but the company lowered the bar as the tweet picked up traction. Wilkinson's message attracted a swarm of other corporate Twitter accounts trying to bask in his viral glow, and was even mentioned in Twitter's quarterly results.

O ther high-profile accounts to join in on the action include former Republican presidential candidate Marco Rubio and popstar Zara Larsson.

W ilkinson has shot from 138 followers to more than 100,000 and, to his credit, has used his new found fame to promote charities including the DTFA.

On Tuesday he tweeted that he still plans to get to 18 million.

We did it guys! Thanks to you're help and support we were able to raise $100k for @DTFA and beat @TheEllenShow record! Now let's get 18mil!

&mdash Carter Wilkerson (@carterjwm) May 9, 2017

I n case you were wondering, the honour of the third-most retweeted tweet goes to One Direction's Louis Tomlinson for this rather formal message to his bandmate.

Always in my heart @Harry_Styles . Yours sincerely, Louis

&mdash Louis Tomlinson (@Louis_Tomlinson) October 2, 2011

A teenager asking for free chicken nuggets has become the most retweeted tweet of all time

Carter Wilkinson's request for nuggets was retweeted 3.4 million times Credit: Twitter

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I n April, a 16-year-old from Nevada named Carter Wilkinson sent a speculative tweet to the Wendy's fast food chain asking for free chicken nuggets.

Just two months later, he has become the author of the world's most retweeted tweet, seeing his demand for nuggets shared more than 3.4 million times.

His tweet, which simply read "HELP ME. A MAN NEEDS HIS NUGGS" overtook the previous record, Ellen DeGeneres' famous selfie taken backstage at the Oscars in 2014.

D epending on how you see it, the fact that a desperate plea for fast food surpassed an icon of 21st century internet culture, featuring some of the world's biggest celebrities, taken at the Oscars, is either a heartwarming example of the power of social media, or damning evidence of how the internet has turned us all into idiots.

E ither way, Wilkinson will be getting free nuggets for life, and Wendy's is making a $100,000 donation to the Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption (DTFA).

Wendy's had initially demanded 18 million retweets, but the company lowered the bar as the tweet picked up traction. Wilkinson's message attracted a swarm of other corporate Twitter accounts trying to bask in his viral glow, and was even mentioned in Twitter's quarterly results.

O ther high-profile accounts to join in on the action include former Republican presidential candidate Marco Rubio and popstar Zara Larsson.

W ilkinson has shot from 138 followers to more than 100,000 and, to his credit, has used his new found fame to promote charities including the DTFA.

On Tuesday he tweeted that he still plans to get to 18 million.

We did it guys! Thanks to you're help and support we were able to raise $100k for @DTFA and beat @TheEllenShow record! Now let's get 18mil!

&mdash Carter Wilkerson (@carterjwm) May 9, 2017

I n case you were wondering, the honour of the third-most retweeted tweet goes to One Direction's Louis Tomlinson for this rather formal message to his bandmate.

Always in my heart @Harry_Styles . Yours sincerely, Louis

&mdash Louis Tomlinson (@Louis_Tomlinson) October 2, 2011

A teenager asking for free chicken nuggets has become the most retweeted tweet of all time

Carter Wilkinson's request for nuggets was retweeted 3.4 million times Credit: Twitter

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I n April, a 16-year-old from Nevada named Carter Wilkinson sent a speculative tweet to the Wendy's fast food chain asking for free chicken nuggets.

Just two months later, he has become the author of the world's most retweeted tweet, seeing his demand for nuggets shared more than 3.4 million times.

His tweet, which simply read "HELP ME. A MAN NEEDS HIS NUGGS" overtook the previous record, Ellen DeGeneres' famous selfie taken backstage at the Oscars in 2014.

D epending on how you see it, the fact that a desperate plea for fast food surpassed an icon of 21st century internet culture, featuring some of the world's biggest celebrities, taken at the Oscars, is either a heartwarming example of the power of social media, or damning evidence of how the internet has turned us all into idiots.

E ither way, Wilkinson will be getting free nuggets for life, and Wendy's is making a $100,000 donation to the Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption (DTFA).

Wendy's had initially demanded 18 million retweets, but the company lowered the bar as the tweet picked up traction. Wilkinson's message attracted a swarm of other corporate Twitter accounts trying to bask in his viral glow, and was even mentioned in Twitter's quarterly results.

O ther high-profile accounts to join in on the action include former Republican presidential candidate Marco Rubio and popstar Zara Larsson.

W ilkinson has shot from 138 followers to more than 100,000 and, to his credit, has used his new found fame to promote charities including the DTFA.

On Tuesday he tweeted that he still plans to get to 18 million.

We did it guys! Thanks to you're help and support we were able to raise $100k for @DTFA and beat @TheEllenShow record! Now let's get 18mil!

&mdash Carter Wilkerson (@carterjwm) May 9, 2017

I n case you were wondering, the honour of the third-most retweeted tweet goes to One Direction's Louis Tomlinson for this rather formal message to his bandmate.

Always in my heart @Harry_Styles . Yours sincerely, Louis

&mdash Louis Tomlinson (@Louis_Tomlinson) October 2, 2011

A teenager asking for free chicken nuggets has become the most retweeted tweet of all time

Carter Wilkinson's request for nuggets was retweeted 3.4 million times Credit: Twitter

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I n April, a 16-year-old from Nevada named Carter Wilkinson sent a speculative tweet to the Wendy's fast food chain asking for free chicken nuggets.

Just two months later, he has become the author of the world's most retweeted tweet, seeing his demand for nuggets shared more than 3.4 million times.

His tweet, which simply read "HELP ME. A MAN NEEDS HIS NUGGS" overtook the previous record, Ellen DeGeneres' famous selfie taken backstage at the Oscars in 2014.

D epending on how you see it, the fact that a desperate plea for fast food surpassed an icon of 21st century internet culture, featuring some of the world's biggest celebrities, taken at the Oscars, is either a heartwarming example of the power of social media, or damning evidence of how the internet has turned us all into idiots.

E ither way, Wilkinson will be getting free nuggets for life, and Wendy's is making a $100,000 donation to the Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption (DTFA).

Wendy's had initially demanded 18 million retweets, but the company lowered the bar as the tweet picked up traction. Wilkinson's message attracted a swarm of other corporate Twitter accounts trying to bask in his viral glow, and was even mentioned in Twitter's quarterly results.

O ther high-profile accounts to join in on the action include former Republican presidential candidate Marco Rubio and popstar Zara Larsson.

W ilkinson has shot from 138 followers to more than 100,000 and, to his credit, has used his new found fame to promote charities including the DTFA.

On Tuesday he tweeted that he still plans to get to 18 million.

We did it guys! Thanks to you're help and support we were able to raise $100k for @DTFA and beat @TheEllenShow record! Now let's get 18mil!

&mdash Carter Wilkerson (@carterjwm) May 9, 2017

I n case you were wondering, the honour of the third-most retweeted tweet goes to One Direction's Louis Tomlinson for this rather formal message to his bandmate.

Always in my heart @Harry_Styles . Yours sincerely, Louis

&mdash Louis Tomlinson (@Louis_Tomlinson) October 2, 2011

A teenager asking for free chicken nuggets has become the most retweeted tweet of all time

Carter Wilkinson's request for nuggets was retweeted 3.4 million times Credit: Twitter

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I n April, a 16-year-old from Nevada named Carter Wilkinson sent a speculative tweet to the Wendy's fast food chain asking for free chicken nuggets.

Just two months later, he has become the author of the world's most retweeted tweet, seeing his demand for nuggets shared more than 3.4 million times.

His tweet, which simply read "HELP ME. A MAN NEEDS HIS NUGGS" overtook the previous record, Ellen DeGeneres' famous selfie taken backstage at the Oscars in 2014.

D epending on how you see it, the fact that a desperate plea for fast food surpassed an icon of 21st century internet culture, featuring some of the world's biggest celebrities, taken at the Oscars, is either a heartwarming example of the power of social media, or damning evidence of how the internet has turned us all into idiots.

E ither way, Wilkinson will be getting free nuggets for life, and Wendy's is making a $100,000 donation to the Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption (DTFA).

Wendy's had initially demanded 18 million retweets, but the company lowered the bar as the tweet picked up traction. Wilkinson's message attracted a swarm of other corporate Twitter accounts trying to bask in his viral glow, and was even mentioned in Twitter's quarterly results.

O ther high-profile accounts to join in on the action include former Republican presidential candidate Marco Rubio and popstar Zara Larsson.

W ilkinson has shot from 138 followers to more than 100,000 and, to his credit, has used his new found fame to promote charities including the DTFA.

On Tuesday he tweeted that he still plans to get to 18 million.

We did it guys! Thanks to you're help and support we were able to raise $100k for @DTFA and beat @TheEllenShow record! Now let's get 18mil!

&mdash Carter Wilkerson (@carterjwm) May 9, 2017

I n case you were wondering, the honour of the third-most retweeted tweet goes to One Direction's Louis Tomlinson for this rather formal message to his bandmate.

Always in my heart @Harry_Styles . Yours sincerely, Louis

&mdash Louis Tomlinson (@Louis_Tomlinson) October 2, 2011

A teenager asking for free chicken nuggets has become the most retweeted tweet of all time

Carter Wilkinson's request for nuggets was retweeted 3.4 million times Credit: Twitter

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I n April, a 16-year-old from Nevada named Carter Wilkinson sent a speculative tweet to the Wendy's fast food chain asking for free chicken nuggets.

Just two months later, he has become the author of the world's most retweeted tweet, seeing his demand for nuggets shared more than 3.4 million times.

His tweet, which simply read "HELP ME. A MAN NEEDS HIS NUGGS" overtook the previous record, Ellen DeGeneres' famous selfie taken backstage at the Oscars in 2014.

D epending on how you see it, the fact that a desperate plea for fast food surpassed an icon of 21st century internet culture, featuring some of the world's biggest celebrities, taken at the Oscars, is either a heartwarming example of the power of social media, or damning evidence of how the internet has turned us all into idiots.

E ither way, Wilkinson will be getting free nuggets for life, and Wendy's is making a $100,000 donation to the Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption (DTFA).

Wendy's had initially demanded 18 million retweets, but the company lowered the bar as the tweet picked up traction. Wilkinson's message attracted a swarm of other corporate Twitter accounts trying to bask in his viral glow, and was even mentioned in Twitter's quarterly results.

O ther high-profile accounts to join in on the action include former Republican presidential candidate Marco Rubio and popstar Zara Larsson.

W ilkinson has shot from 138 followers to more than 100,000 and, to his credit, has used his new found fame to promote charities including the DTFA.

On Tuesday he tweeted that he still plans to get to 18 million.

We did it guys! Thanks to you're help and support we were able to raise $100k for @DTFA and beat @TheEllenShow record! Now let's get 18mil!

&mdash Carter Wilkerson (@carterjwm) May 9, 2017

I n case you were wondering, the honour of the third-most retweeted tweet goes to One Direction's Louis Tomlinson for this rather formal message to his bandmate.

Always in my heart @Harry_Styles . Yours sincerely, Louis

&mdash Louis Tomlinson (@Louis_Tomlinson) October 2, 2011

A teenager asking for free chicken nuggets has become the most retweeted tweet of all time

Carter Wilkinson's request for nuggets was retweeted 3.4 million times Credit: Twitter

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I n April, a 16-year-old from Nevada named Carter Wilkinson sent a speculative tweet to the Wendy's fast food chain asking for free chicken nuggets.

Just two months later, he has become the author of the world's most retweeted tweet, seeing his demand for nuggets shared more than 3.4 million times.

His tweet, which simply read "HELP ME. A MAN NEEDS HIS NUGGS" overtook the previous record, Ellen DeGeneres' famous selfie taken backstage at the Oscars in 2014.

D epending on how you see it, the fact that a desperate plea for fast food surpassed an icon of 21st century internet culture, featuring some of the world's biggest celebrities, taken at the Oscars, is either a heartwarming example of the power of social media, or damning evidence of how the internet has turned us all into idiots.

E ither way, Wilkinson will be getting free nuggets for life, and Wendy's is making a $100,000 donation to the Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption (DTFA).

Wendy's had initially demanded 18 million retweets, but the company lowered the bar as the tweet picked up traction. Wilkinson's message attracted a swarm of other corporate Twitter accounts trying to bask in his viral glow, and was even mentioned in Twitter's quarterly results.

O ther high-profile accounts to join in on the action include former Republican presidential candidate Marco Rubio and popstar Zara Larsson.

W ilkinson has shot from 138 followers to more than 100,000 and, to his credit, has used his new found fame to promote charities including the DTFA.

On Tuesday he tweeted that he still plans to get to 18 million.

We did it guys! Thanks to you're help and support we were able to raise $100k for @DTFA and beat @TheEllenShow record! Now let's get 18mil!

&mdash Carter Wilkerson (@carterjwm) May 9, 2017

I n case you were wondering, the honour of the third-most retweeted tweet goes to One Direction's Louis Tomlinson for this rather formal message to his bandmate.

Always in my heart @Harry_Styles . Yours sincerely, Louis

&mdash Louis Tomlinson (@Louis_Tomlinson) October 2, 2011

A teenager asking for free chicken nuggets has become the most retweeted tweet of all time

Carter Wilkinson's request for nuggets was retweeted 3.4 million times Credit: Twitter

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I n April, a 16-year-old from Nevada named Carter Wilkinson sent a speculative tweet to the Wendy's fast food chain asking for free chicken nuggets.

Just two months later, he has become the author of the world's most retweeted tweet, seeing his demand for nuggets shared more than 3.4 million times.

His tweet, which simply read "HELP ME. A MAN NEEDS HIS NUGGS" overtook the previous record, Ellen DeGeneres' famous selfie taken backstage at the Oscars in 2014.

D epending on how you see it, the fact that a desperate plea for fast food surpassed an icon of 21st century internet culture, featuring some of the world's biggest celebrities, taken at the Oscars, is either a heartwarming example of the power of social media, or damning evidence of how the internet has turned us all into idiots.

E ither way, Wilkinson will be getting free nuggets for life, and Wendy's is making a $100,000 donation to the Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption (DTFA).

Wendy's had initially demanded 18 million retweets, but the company lowered the bar as the tweet picked up traction. Wilkinson's message attracted a swarm of other corporate Twitter accounts trying to bask in his viral glow, and was even mentioned in Twitter's quarterly results.

O ther high-profile accounts to join in on the action include former Republican presidential candidate Marco Rubio and popstar Zara Larsson.

W ilkinson has shot from 138 followers to more than 100,000 and, to his credit, has used his new found fame to promote charities including the DTFA.

On Tuesday he tweeted that he still plans to get to 18 million.

We did it guys! Thanks to you're help and support we were able to raise $100k for @DTFA and beat @TheEllenShow record! Now let's get 18mil!

&mdash Carter Wilkerson (@carterjwm) May 9, 2017

I n case you were wondering, the honour of the third-most retweeted tweet goes to One Direction's Louis Tomlinson for this rather formal message to his bandmate.

Always in my heart @Harry_Styles . Yours sincerely, Louis

&mdash Louis Tomlinson (@Louis_Tomlinson) October 2, 2011

A teenager asking for free chicken nuggets has become the most retweeted tweet of all time

Carter Wilkinson's request for nuggets was retweeted 3.4 million times Credit: Twitter

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I n April, a 16-year-old from Nevada named Carter Wilkinson sent a speculative tweet to the Wendy's fast food chain asking for free chicken nuggets.

Just two months later, he has become the author of the world's most retweeted tweet, seeing his demand for nuggets shared more than 3.4 million times.

His tweet, which simply read "HELP ME. A MAN NEEDS HIS NUGGS" overtook the previous record, Ellen DeGeneres' famous selfie taken backstage at the Oscars in 2014.

D epending on how you see it, the fact that a desperate plea for fast food surpassed an icon of 21st century internet culture, featuring some of the world's biggest celebrities, taken at the Oscars, is either a heartwarming example of the power of social media, or damning evidence of how the internet has turned us all into idiots.

E ither way, Wilkinson will be getting free nuggets for life, and Wendy's is making a $100,000 donation to the Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption (DTFA).

Wendy's had initially demanded 18 million retweets, but the company lowered the bar as the tweet picked up traction. Wilkinson's message attracted a swarm of other corporate Twitter accounts trying to bask in his viral glow, and was even mentioned in Twitter's quarterly results.

O ther high-profile accounts to join in on the action include former Republican presidential candidate Marco Rubio and popstar Zara Larsson.

W ilkinson has shot from 138 followers to more than 100,000 and, to his credit, has used his new found fame to promote charities including the DTFA.

On Tuesday he tweeted that he still plans to get to 18 million.

We did it guys! Thanks to you're help and support we were able to raise $100k for @DTFA and beat @TheEllenShow record! Now let's get 18mil!

&mdash Carter Wilkerson (@carterjwm) May 9, 2017

I n case you were wondering, the honour of the third-most retweeted tweet goes to One Direction's Louis Tomlinson for this rather formal message to his bandmate.

Always in my heart @Harry_Styles . Yours sincerely, Louis

&mdash Louis Tomlinson (@Louis_Tomlinson) October 2, 2011

A teenager asking for free chicken nuggets has become the most retweeted tweet of all time

Carter Wilkinson's request for nuggets was retweeted 3.4 million times Credit: Twitter

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I n April, a 16-year-old from Nevada named Carter Wilkinson sent a speculative tweet to the Wendy's fast food chain asking for free chicken nuggets.

Just two months later, he has become the author of the world's most retweeted tweet, seeing his demand for nuggets shared more than 3.4 million times.

His tweet, which simply read "HELP ME. A MAN NEEDS HIS NUGGS" overtook the previous record, Ellen DeGeneres' famous selfie taken backstage at the Oscars in 2014.

D epending on how you see it, the fact that a desperate plea for fast food surpassed an icon of 21st century internet culture, featuring some of the world's biggest celebrities, taken at the Oscars, is either a heartwarming example of the power of social media, or damning evidence of how the internet has turned us all into idiots.

E ither way, Wilkinson will be getting free nuggets for life, and Wendy's is making a $100,000 donation to the Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption (DTFA).

Wendy's had initially demanded 18 million retweets, but the company lowered the bar as the tweet picked up traction. Wilkinson's message attracted a swarm of other corporate Twitter accounts trying to bask in his viral glow, and was even mentioned in Twitter's quarterly results.

O ther high-profile accounts to join in on the action include former Republican presidential candidate Marco Rubio and popstar Zara Larsson.

W ilkinson has shot from 138 followers to more than 100,000 and, to his credit, has used his new found fame to promote charities including the DTFA.

On Tuesday he tweeted that he still plans to get to 18 million.

We did it guys! Thanks to you're help and support we were able to raise $100k for @DTFA and beat @TheEllenShow record! Now let's get 18mil!

&mdash Carter Wilkerson (@carterjwm) May 9, 2017

I n case you were wondering, the honour of the third-most retweeted tweet goes to One Direction's Louis Tomlinson for this rather formal message to his bandmate.

Always in my heart @Harry_Styles . Yours sincerely, Louis

&mdash Louis Tomlinson (@Louis_Tomlinson) October 2, 2011

A teenager asking for free chicken nuggets has become the most retweeted tweet of all time

Carter Wilkinson's request for nuggets was retweeted 3.4 million times Credit: Twitter

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I n April, a 16-year-old from Nevada named Carter Wilkinson sent a speculative tweet to the Wendy's fast food chain asking for free chicken nuggets.

Just two months later, he has become the author of the world's most retweeted tweet, seeing his demand for nuggets shared more than 3.4 million times.

His tweet, which simply read "HELP ME. A MAN NEEDS HIS NUGGS" overtook the previous record, Ellen DeGeneres' famous selfie taken backstage at the Oscars in 2014.

D epending on how you see it, the fact that a desperate plea for fast food surpassed an icon of 21st century internet culture, featuring some of the world's biggest celebrities, taken at the Oscars, is either a heartwarming example of the power of social media, or damning evidence of how the internet has turned us all into idiots.

E ither way, Wilkinson will be getting free nuggets for life, and Wendy's is making a $100,000 donation to the Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption (DTFA).

Wendy's had initially demanded 18 million retweets, but the company lowered the bar as the tweet picked up traction. Wilkinson's message attracted a swarm of other corporate Twitter accounts trying to bask in his viral glow, and was even mentioned in Twitter's quarterly results.

O ther high-profile accounts to join in on the action include former Republican presidential candidate Marco Rubio and popstar Zara Larsson.

W ilkinson has shot from 138 followers to more than 100,000 and, to his credit, has used his new found fame to promote charities including the DTFA.

On Tuesday he tweeted that he still plans to get to 18 million.

We did it guys! Thanks to you're help and support we were able to raise $100k for @DTFA and beat @TheEllenShow record! Now let's get 18mil!

&mdash Carter Wilkerson (@carterjwm) May 9, 2017

I n case you were wondering, the honour of the third-most retweeted tweet goes to One Direction's Louis Tomlinson for this rather formal message to his bandmate.

Always in my heart @Harry_Styles . Yours sincerely, Louis

&mdash Louis Tomlinson (@Louis_Tomlinson) October 2, 2011

A teenager asking for free chicken nuggets has become the most retweeted tweet of all time

Carter Wilkinson's request for nuggets was retweeted 3.4 million times Credit: Twitter

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I n April, a 16-year-old from Nevada named Carter Wilkinson sent a speculative tweet to the Wendy's fast food chain asking for free chicken nuggets.

Just two months later, he has become the author of the world's most retweeted tweet, seeing his demand for nuggets shared more than 3.4 million times.

His tweet, which simply read "HELP ME. A MAN NEEDS HIS NUGGS" overtook the previous record, Ellen DeGeneres' famous selfie taken backstage at the Oscars in 2014.

D epending on how you see it, the fact that a desperate plea for fast food surpassed an icon of 21st century internet culture, featuring some of the world's biggest celebrities, taken at the Oscars, is either a heartwarming example of the power of social media, or damning evidence of how the internet has turned us all into idiots.

E ither way, Wilkinson will be getting free nuggets for life, and Wendy's is making a $100,000 donation to the Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption (DTFA).

Wendy's had initially demanded 18 million retweets, but the company lowered the bar as the tweet picked up traction. Wilkinson's message attracted a swarm of other corporate Twitter accounts trying to bask in his viral glow, and was even mentioned in Twitter's quarterly results.

O ther high-profile accounts to join in on the action include former Republican presidential candidate Marco Rubio and popstar Zara Larsson.

W ilkinson has shot from 138 followers to more than 100,000 and, to his credit, has used his new found fame to promote charities including the DTFA.

On Tuesday he tweeted that he still plans to get to 18 million.

We did it guys! Thanks to you're help and support we were able to raise $100k for @DTFA and beat @TheEllenShow record! Now let's get 18mil!

&mdash Carter Wilkerson (@carterjwm) May 9, 2017

I n case you were wondering, the honour of the third-most retweeted tweet goes to One Direction's Louis Tomlinson for this rather formal message to his bandmate.

Always in my heart @Harry_Styles . Yours sincerely, Louis

&mdash Louis Tomlinson (@Louis_Tomlinson) October 2, 2011

A teenager asking for free chicken nuggets has become the most retweeted tweet of all time

Carter Wilkinson's request for nuggets was retweeted 3.4 million times Credit: Twitter

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I n April, a 16-year-old from Nevada named Carter Wilkinson sent a speculative tweet to the Wendy's fast food chain asking for free chicken nuggets.

Just two months later, he has become the author of the world's most retweeted tweet, seeing his demand for nuggets shared more than 3.4 million times.

His tweet, which simply read "HELP ME. A MAN NEEDS HIS NUGGS" overtook the previous record, Ellen DeGeneres' famous selfie taken backstage at the Oscars in 2014.

D epending on how you see it, the fact that a desperate plea for fast food surpassed an icon of 21st century internet culture, featuring some of the world's biggest celebrities, taken at the Oscars, is either a heartwarming example of the power of social media, or damning evidence of how the internet has turned us all into idiots.

E ither way, Wilkinson will be getting free nuggets for life, and Wendy's is making a $100,000 donation to the Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption (DTFA).

Wendy's had initially demanded 18 million retweets, but the company lowered the bar as the tweet picked up traction. Wilkinson's message attracted a swarm of other corporate Twitter accounts trying to bask in his viral glow, and was even mentioned in Twitter's quarterly results.

O ther high-profile accounts to join in on the action include former Republican presidential candidate Marco Rubio and popstar Zara Larsson.

W ilkinson has shot from 138 followers to more than 100,000 and, to his credit, has used his new found fame to promote charities including the DTFA.

On Tuesday he tweeted that he still plans to get to 18 million.

We did it guys! Thanks to you're help and support we were able to raise $100k for @DTFA and beat @TheEllenShow record! Now let's get 18mil!

&mdash Carter Wilkerson (@carterjwm) May 9, 2017

I n case you were wondering, the honour of the third-most retweeted tweet goes to One Direction's Louis Tomlinson for this rather formal message to his bandmate.

Always in my heart @Harry_Styles . Yours sincerely, Louis

&mdash Louis Tomlinson (@Louis_Tomlinson) October 2, 2011