Reno teen's plea for free Wendy's nuggets sets retweet record

Carter Wilkerson is approaching top retweet of all time

Wilkerson didn't make it to 18 million, a record that will have to wait for another day.

Wilkerson's plea for free fried food clocked up a total of at 3.4 million retweets, beating 2014's star-studded Oscar selfie by a couple of hundred thousand.

Carter was invited to appear on The Ellen Show on April 18, where Ellen proposed that if he makes it to 18 million retweets, she would give him a special prize - but on the condition that he didn't surpass her own record. Late last month, Ellen had Carter on her show to talk about his internet notoriety, the campaign, and to warn him not to get too close to her record-setting Oscars selfie. "At first, I didn't even expect them to respond", the teen said of Wendy's.

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

Wilkerson is far short of the 18 million he and Wendy's originally agreed on, but the eatery decided breaking the record was impressive enough and is paying up anyway.

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Ellen also gave him a year's supply of underwear and a new TV, in the hopes that he would ask people to retweet her tweet too, keeping her at No. 1 while Wilkerson pushed onward to 18 million. After all, the fast food chain got some unbelievable publicity in the process.

The message's retweets have already surpassed the previous record-holding tweet.

With help from a host of brands, celebrities and influencers, Carter's tweet has been retweeted over 3.4 million times at the time of writing.

In April, Carter Wilkerson set out on a mission to get free chicken nuggets for a year. "I don't know if it was a metaphor or literal", Wilkerson said with a laugh.

In light of his newfound social stardom, Wilkerson started a website, #NuggsforCarter that sells T-shirts for all chicken nugget aficionados. "That's good for the nuggets and good for a $100k donation to [the Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption.] Consider it done".

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