— Ellen DeGeneres (@TheEllenShow) March 3, 2014
The picture surpassed the number of retweets on Obama’s “Four more years” tweet after his 2012 election victory, which had previously held the record for most retweets.
Four more years. pic.twitter.com/bAJE6Vom
— Barack Obama (@BarackObama) November 7, 2012
Twitter’s servers went out for 20 minutes shortly after the picture was tweeted, for which Twitter issued an apology. In spite of the outage, the tweet reached an unprecedented 2 million retweets before midnight and has received over 2.5 million retweets and more than 1 million favorites to date, which quickly became bigger news than the photo itself:
The epic Oscars selfie will be a tough act to follow for any aspiring Twitter record-breakers!
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