3.42 million shares on Twitter makes call for chicken nuggets top retweeted post

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A man's call for a year's supply of free chicken nuggets has become Twitter's most retweeted post of all time.

Carter Wilkerson's post asking US food chain Wendy's how many retweets he needed for a year's supply of nuggets has now been shared on the social media site more than 3.42 million times.

The post, which read "Help me please. A man needs his nuggs", surpassed US TV star Ellen DeGeneres' "Oscars selfie" from 2014 that featured a host of Hollywood stars, to reach top spot.  

Mr Wilkerson, whose attempt to break the record has been backed by a host of social media stars and businesses including Microsoft and Amazon, wrote on his Twitter profile that he now wanted to reach 18 million retweets, the original target set by Wendy's.

"We did it guys! Thanks to you're help and support we were able to raise $100k for @DTFA and beat @TheEllenShow record! Now let's get 18mil!"," he wrote. 

Wendy's has now supplied him with a gift card for a year's worth of nuggets and made a 100,000-dollar donation to the Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption, a charity Mr Wilkerson supports and which finds homes for children in foster care. 

"I want to give back. I am so blessed to have an opportunity to use my voice to support something I believe in," he said.

"And really grateful to everyone who Retweeted my post. They made this happen."

As well as breaking the retweets record, Mr Wilkerson has also gained more than 100,000 followers on the social media site and had a custom emoji created in his honour alongside the hashtag #NuggsForCarter.