The internet is an incredibly powerful invention. It allows us to reach people in ways that have never before been possible in a comparable way. Tweets can reach millions, and real change can take place because of it.
Chance the Rapper has just discovered that with a seemingly innocuous tweet that now has over 230k likes. In fact, it's now one of the most popular tweets of all time. Do you think it lives up to the other most popular tweets? Let's take a look!
Obama is the king of social media.
"People must learn to hate, and if they can learn to hate, they can be taught to love..."— Barack Obama (@Barack Obama)1502582787.0
It was usurped by the most famous selfie of all time.
If only Bradley's arm was longer. Best photo ever. #oscars http://t.co/C9U5NOtGap— Ellen DeGeneres (@Ellen DeGeneres)1393815973.0
Musicians have always been popular on social media.
applied for xfactor,hope it all wrks out— Niall Horan (@Niall Horan)1263690931.0
Now a new boy band is more popular than 1D.
🥰💜 https://t.co/54zTlIAep8— 방탄소년단 (@방탄소년단)1555114812.0
Will Smith won the #InMyFeelingsChallenge.
It was BTS who stole the show on Twitter.
#InMyFeelingsChallenge #HopeOnTheStreet https://t.co/Bm8bxtKsFq— 방탄소년단 (@방탄소년단)1532337984.0
Twitter can have a really positive impact on the world.
With the current devastation in Houston, we are pledging $0.15 for every RT this gets! Please forward this along to… https://t.co/TZDnr4MDjF— Penn State IFC (@Penn State IFC)1504119896.0
But the most re-tweeted tweet is due to greed.
ZOZOTOWN新春セールが史上最速で取扱高100億円を先ほど突破！！日頃の感謝を込め、僕個人から100名様に100万円【総額1億円のお年玉】を現金でプレゼントします。応募方法は、僕をフォローいただいた上、このツイートをRTするだ… https://t.co/HFkIe8t8xv— 前澤友作┃お金配り＆事業作りおじさん (@前澤友作┃お金配り＆事業作りおじさん)1546695308.0
Never underestimate how important chicken nuggets are.
HELP ME PLEASE. A MAN NEEDS HIS NUGGS https://t.co/4SrfHmEMo3— Carter Wilkerson (@Carter Wilkerson)1491446320.0
Meet Chance the Rapper.Chance the Rapper, born Chancelor Jonathan Bennett, is an American rapper from Chicago. He released a mix-tape in 2012 online and it began to be very popular. He has since released two more mix-tapes, Acid Rap, and Coloring Book. When he released Coloring Book in 2016, it became the first album to ever chart based solely on streams.
In 2017, he began winning awards.At the 2017 Grammy Awards, Chance the Rapper was nominated for 7 Grammys, and he won 3. He won best new artist, best rap performance, and best rap album.
He has always been an activist.
Chance the Rapper willed the return of spicy chicken nuggets.
Positive Affirmations for today: I WILL have a good day, I Will succeed today, Wendy’s WILL bring back spicy nugget… https://t.co/AyyVFPfJoz— Chance The Rapper (@Chance The Rapper)1556988604.0
What happened to the spicy nuggets in the first place?At the start of 2017, a mysterious event occurred. One day the spicy nuggets were on the menu, and the next, they were gone. People couldn't believe it. Although Wendy's had suggested that they were still available at one or two locations, they were pretty much gone. But people didn't forget.
Wendy's actually responded to Chance the Rapper's tweet.
@chancetherapper It won’t be today, but there’s always a chance— Wendy's (@Wendy's)1556989988.0
A lot of people agreed with Chance the Rapper.
@Mookychew @chancetherapper @Wendys Mentally imagining this tweet being said by a golden retriever is cracking me up 😂— Sugar Leigh (@Sugar Leigh)1557017096.0
Then Wendy's involvement started to seem a bit more important.
@chancetherapper Or maybe it will be today...we struck a deal with the boss finally, but it's gonna take some work.— Wendy's (@Wendy's)1557000934.0
The power was in the people's hands.
Y’all keep asking, so here’s your chance. The people in charge say if you guys can get our tweet (this one right h… https://t.co/0pWSqFy5fX— Wendy's (@Wendy's)1556999429.0
Some people didn't see the big deal.
@Wendys Burger King already has them for a $1.49, lmao.— Dango (@Dango)1557005071.0
But Wendy's was ready for the haters.
@not_daniel_f That's like telling your friend that needs new Jordans to check Payless.— Wendy's (@Wendy's)1557005189.0
Then we got the good news.
THIS IS NOT A DRILL! Spicy Chicken Nuggets are coming back! Y’all are crazy! That took like a day and a half! WHA… https://t.co/JHQMHYCHAO— Wendy's (@Wendy's)1557118733.0
People are thrilled.
@chancetherapper Someone get this man the Nobel for making them #WendysSpicyNuggets rise up. https://t.co/WF5arWilS7— ZoobyQ 😷🗳 (@ZoobyQ 😷🗳)1557102214.0
The power that celebrities wield is incredible.
@chancetherapper Imagine being famous enough to potentially have an affect on fast food menu items🔥— Evan Stern (@Evan Stern)1556988982.0
Other people are more skeptical.Between social media influencers and celebrities that use social media for their own causes, companies are doing anything they can to try to get people to promote their products on their personal pages. Marketing has become a very different world, and involves a lot of work to try to make their product seem like a natural and personal choice, but also worthy of the hype. And that's not the only problem with celebrities endorsing particular products. Amy Schumer has a lot to say on that.
In case it wasn't already clear that Chance the Rapper has a stake in this…
@Wendys Can we drop them the same day as the album? I need them together.— Chance The Rapper (@Chance The Rapper)1557163397.0
Wendy's do not have a good track record for fair treatment of their employees.
@chancetherapper Hey @chancetherapper: no spicy chicken nuggets are worth the exploitation and abuse of farmworkers… https://t.co/nVh0GiYEqW— FGCU SFA (@FGCU SFA)1557069519.0
Luckily, one celeb knows where it's at.
But for most people, it's the nuggets that matter most.
@Wendys Finally. . https://t.co/bsmhQpBHuJ— James Chapman (@James Chapman)1557157587.0
We can use the internet to make great positive changes.
Whether or not it's a marketing drill, it does show the power of the internet. It also demonstrates that we should be careful about what we support. Chance the Rapper probably didn't realize that Wendy's has such a disgraceful track record. Hopefully in the future he'll start supporting ethical companies, as that can start to make a very positive impact on the world.