Reno teen breaks Twitter record, gets his chicken nuggets

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The guy got his nuggets, Wendy's got a bunch of free promotion, and the Dave Thomas Foundation will be able to do more good in the world. The appeal got support from Microsoft as well which retweeted his tweet from its official Twitter handle.

Well, now Carter has topped Ellen's tweet with over 3.45 million retweets!

With the 3.42 million retweets, the tweet surpassed a selfie taken by Ellen DeGeneres when she was hosting the Oscars in 2014.

Carter Wilkerson, 16, asked the fast-food chain on Twitter last month how many retweets it would take for him to get free nuggets for a year.

And even though Wilkerson didn't quite hit the 18 million mark, Wendy's chose to go ahead and give him the free nuggets for a year.

That's right: Carter is now the record holder for most retweeted tweet ever.

Wilkerson also got some help from DeGeneres who featured the teenager on her talk show a few weeks ago. "Consider it done", Carter responded. "That holds the record and you're trying to pass me up", DeGeneres asked Wilkerson.

On Tuesday, Wilkerson's plea for free nuggets broke the retweet record, according to Guinness World Records. I worked really hard.

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

There's further evidence that social media and participation trophies are clearly ruining entire generations after a teen was rewarded with chicken nuggets despite falling well short of expectations.

It's an awesome thing that 3.4 million people could come together to support such a odd quest, as getting that many millions of people to agree on any one thing would seem an otherwise impossible task. Wendy's donated $100,000 to the Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption, a group that pairs foster children with homes.