Teen Asking for Free Chicken Nuggets Breaks Record for Most Retweets Ever

Shelby Rogers

If this story teaches you anything today, let it be two things. First, the internet is a powerful and sometimes beautifully supportive place. Second, never underestimate the power of chicken nuggets as motivation to accomplish great things. One teenager just set the world record for all-time retweets. His mission seemed daunting -- 18 million retweets would earn him a year's supply of chicken nuggets from fast food giant Wendy's.

Teen Asking for Free Chicken Nuggets Breaks Record for Most Retweets Ever

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Nevada teenager Carter Wilkerson sent the tweet to Wendy's on a whim, but then decided to take on the challenge:

And he recently passed that mark.

The company also used the tweet as a fundraising effort. Wilkerson's success led to $100,000 being raised for the Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption. Dave Thomas founded Wendy's restaurants and, as an orphan himself, notably gave to orphanages and foster care.

The previous record holder was Ellen DeGeneres's Oscar selfie. You know, the one with the biggest Hollywood stars all clumped together? It went viral and got retweeted 3.4 million times. The affable host even invited Wilkerson on the show, but not before sparking up a little friendly competition.

Wilkerson got so popular that he inspired a hashtag #nuggsforcarter. Celebrities like Aaron Paul of Breaking Bad and companies like Microsoft retweeted Wilkerson's mission.

Twitter gave Wilkerson's account the highly coveted blue verified badge. The company even included his tweet and his quest in their first quarter shareholder letter. Twitter noted:

"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. Other brands, celebrities, and consumers alike quickly took notice, and it soon became one of the most Retweeted Tweets ever."

Neither Wendy's nor Wilkerson has said exactly how many chicken nuggets constitute a year's worth of savory treats. However, we definitely think the teen can leverage for more nuggets given the press he's made for both Wendy's and traffic he's given Twitter.