Teen's plea for free Wendy's nuggets sets retweet record

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On April 5, Carter Wilkerson asked the Wendy's Twitter account how many retweets he needed to get free chicken nuggets for a year.

Wendy's had initially responded to Wilkerson, a high-school student, saying that he would need 18 million retweets to receive the nuggets, and the Twitter community, including Twitter Chief Executive Jack Dorsey, jumped in to help.

"Consider it done", replied Wilkerson, despite having only 150 Twitter followers at the time.

More than a month later, Carter plea to Twitter's cold, unfeeling void had only managed to rack up a mere 3.4 million RTs or so.

The teenager made his hungry plea for help on Twitter, writing in all capital letters that "A MAN NEEDS HIS NUGGS".

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The last person to set the world record for most retweets was Ellen DeGeneres with a star-studded picture taken at the Oscars in 2014.

Wendy's says Wilkerson has earned the nuggets despite not hitting the 18 million mark.

Carter and his family knew the world stage provided an opportunity for them to do something more than just eat some nuggets. "That's good for the nuggets and good for a $100k donation to [the Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption.] Consider it done". What he may not have known was that his inquiry would become the most retweeted tweet of all time.

Wilkerson, who is from Reno, Nevada, told CNN last month he didn't think he would even get a million retweets.

"I want to give back". The company also said it would donate $100,000 to the Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption, a Wendy's-affiliated nonprofit charity created by the company's founder, that finds permanent homes for children in foster care.