Ellen's Oscars 'Selfie' is most retweeted post of all time
MANILA, Philippines (2nd Update) — The 86th Academy Awards may not be over yet but tech giant Samsung and social network Twitter go home big winners tonight.
Mid-way through the first hour of the show host Ellen DeGeneres, who is also live tweeting the event, took out a white Samsung Galaxy Note 3 (Samsung is an event sponsor 3 years running) to take a selfie from the stage, she tweets, "#Oscars #blessed #blurry."
Then in between awards the comedian walked up to 3-time Oscar winner Meryl Streep and asked for a photo, she declared, “this will be the most retweeted selfie in history.” Other actors wanting in on the action rushed up to join them including the usually reserved Angelina Jolie who ran up with a cheeky smile.
Eventually American Hustle's Bradley Cooper shot the photo with Ellen posing with Oscar winners, Jared Leto, Jennifer Lawrence, Meryl Streep, Julia Roberts, Kevin Spacey, Lupita Nyong’O, Brad Pitt and Jolie. Also in the photo are Channing Tatum and Lupita’s brother Peter.
Ellen posts, "If only Bradley's arm was longer. Best photo ever."
The post sent Twitter crazy with users reporting of internal server errors.
In its first 15 minutes the tweet was retweeted more than 300,000 times.
46 minutes later, the tweet became the most retweeted post of all time beating previous record holder US President Barack Obama whose historic “Four More Years” tweet has been retweeted 778,000 times to date.
Four more years. pic.twitter.com/bAJE6Vom— Barack Obama (@BarackObama) November 7, 2012
As of 11:56am, Monday March 3, Manila Time (7:56pm in Hollywood) the tweet crossed the million retweet mark with a record number of faves, more than 500,000. Two hours later the tweet had more than 1.7M retweets.
Ellen acknowledged the new record on a later spiel saying, "It’s true. We crashed Twitter and made history. It means we’re all winners tonight.” — Rappler.com
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