In his quest for 18 million retweets and a year’s supply of free Wendy’s chicken nuggets, Reno, Nev. native Carter Wilkerson has made some strides toward Twitter history.
It all started with Wilkerson asking Wendy’s how many retweets would get him a year’s worth of chicken nuggets. Wendy’s replied with the astronomical number, and #NuggsforCarter went viral.
Just five days after posting his original tweet, Wilkerson has garnered about 2.5 million retweets — as of this writing — and over 600 thousand favorites.
Realistically, he probably can’t get to 18 million. But he’s already high on the list of most popular tweets ever.
Ellen DeGeneres currently holds the record for most retweets from her iconic 2014 Oscars selfie tweet featuring Jennifer Lawrence, Kevin Spacey, Bradley Cooper, and other celebrities. With 3.2 million retweets, DeGeneres could be dethroned by Wilkerson.
DeGeneres’ current record was previously held by former President Barack Obama after he was reelected in 2012, according to Guinness World Records. Wilkerson has easily surpassed Obama’s number, which is just shy of 1 million retweets.
Only in America does a tweet about chicken nuggets garner more attention from the masses than a presidential reelection. What a time to be alive.
Wilkerson’s tweet did just beat out One Direction’s Louis Tomlinson for the #2 slot on the list of most RT’d tweets ever, according to favstar.
How has he gotten this far? With some help from some high-profile people and companies — some of which are hopping on #NuggsforCarter with tweets of support and even a couple of lucrative offers of their own. Including:
The governor of Nevada.
A Victoria’s Secret model.
The co-star of Breaking Bad.
The tech world.
Even will all this help, he’s still pretty far from that 18 million.
Still, Wendy’s is pretty impressed.
Cameron McGough is a student at the University of Kansas and a USA TODAY College digital producer.