Last month Carter Wilkerson tweeted United States fast food chain Wendys asking how many retweets he would need for a year of free chicken nuggets.
"18 million", came back the reply from the fried chicken store's Twitter account.
'Consider it done, ' the undaunted high school student had replied.
Carter Wilkerson's tweet broke the record about 9:30 a.m. Tuesday and had more than 3.4 million and counting.
The teenager made his hungry plea for help on Twitter, writing in all capital letters that "A MAN NEEDS HIS NUGGS".
Nor did he likely expect to unseat DeGeneres' tweet of a star-studded selfie from the 2014 Oscars, which previously held the record for the most retweets.
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Carter hasn't quite hit 18 million retweets yet. "That's good for the nuggets and good for a $100k donation to [the Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption.] Consider it done". His #NuggsForCarter movement has gotten a lot of press coverage and support from big brands and celebrities, including Google, Microsoft, and even Twitter itself (it gave him a verified badge and also created a special emoji for his cause).
Wilkerson, who is from Reno, Nevada, told CNN last month he didn't think he would even get a million retweets.
Before the record was beaten, Wendy's promised to throw in a $100,000 to the Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption as a goal.
"Honestly, I just want chicken nuggets", Wilkerson admitted, shrugging sheepishly.
Carter Wilkerson has seen his popularity on the social media site spike. He's still a long way from the goal even though the appeal has gone viral on Twitter, but Wilkerson has broken the record more most retweets ever on Twitter.