Ellen's Oscar selfie breaks Twitter; sets a new retweet record (over 2 million and counting)

The TV broadcast of the 2014 Academy Awards Sunday night was predicted ahead of time to have a huge impact on Twitter. However, no one expected that the social network would briefly go down thanks in part to one post that has already gone down in history as the most retweeted message ever.

Oscar TV host Ellen DeGeneres decided early in the show to go into the audience at the Dolby Theater in Los Angeles that was filled with major movie actors. She whipped out a Samsung Galaxy Note 3 (in a rather obvious bit of product placement) and got Bradley Cooper to take a selfie of her and lots of other A-list celebrities like Jennifer Lawrence, Julia Roberts, Meryl Streep, Kevin Spacey. Brad Pitt and more.

DeGeneres then quickly posted that image on her Twitter account and the retweets began immediately. Within minutes the post would set a new Twitter record, blowing away the previous retweet holder which was set in 2012 by President Barack Obama’s “Four More Years” message. That got 781,000 retweets but Ellen's Oscar selfie has already gone over 2 million as of this writing.

Source: TheEllenShow on Twitter | Image via Ellen DeGeneres

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So from what I gathered by the comments... most people can't comprehend why people follow celebrities, retweet etc. Let me put it in simple terms.... most people think we all are a bunch of nerds and can't understand why we follow technology news and comment/spend so much time on them. Same thing folks, everyone has their own way of enjoying their time.

0sit0 said,
So from what I gathered by the comments... most people can't comprehend why people follow celebrities, retweet etc. Let me put it in simple terms.... most people think we all are a bunch of nerds and can't understand why we follow technology news and comment/spend so much time on them. Same thing folks, everyone has their own way of enjoying their time.

QFTW. So many people here hating because other people have other interests.

This. I find it funny that people express that they don't get why people like celebrities on a site where we argue who has the better phone, or what gaming system has the better resolution.

The perfect example here! People hate each other because of the phone they like, the console they have, the comment someone said... Racism exists in many ways and all of them are an example of if. People here should be proud on how technology is connecting TV, social networks, likes and lifes.

Yes my friends, people are THAT stupid.
I have a twitter account, because so many family/friends kept pestering me, but I haven't used it in a couple years. 99% of the crap on twitter is nonsense anyway. This fascination with celebrities is something I have never understood.

They was a Samsung Galaxy Note? I am surprised it's not a Windows Phone since Microsoft has paid for product placements everywhere, but to no avail.

VictorWho said,
They was a Samsung Galaxy Note? I am surprised it's not a Windows Phone since Microsoft has paid for product placements everywhere, but to no avail.

It it was Windows Phone the photo quality woudn't be that bad.

How is it obvious product placement? Do you have any proof for that? As far as I can tell she owns a popular smartphone running the most popular operating system.
If she had a Lumia, it might be product placement as there are so few of them.

if you actually saw the real show where she asked celebs to get up and get in the photo, then you would see how its a product placement. Also, for some reason, Ellen wanted to use the front facing camera (maybe to show off the samsung name on the back) even after Bradley cooper asked her twice to turn the phone around to use the back camera. that's why the quality is a bit poor.

Hello,

BTW, Jolie is the only one that doesn't seem happy. She almost doesn't want to be in the pic. Eyes sensitive to the flash?

Well, that's because supposedly she's a "reptilian" No idea what that is but David Icke suggests it's something horrible (if you want a good laugh then google David Icke) - but surprisingly I know the names of most of the people on the photo, but who is the black guy?

Never heard of her in all honesty... guess it shows how much attention i pay to supposed celebs.

I understand Obama's "Four More Years" setting a re-tweet record, however i really don't see what is so special about that photo?

InsaneNutter said,
Never heard of her in all honesty... guess it shows how much attention i pay to supposed celebs.

I understand Obama's "Four More Years" setting a re-tweet record, however i really don't see what is so special about that photo?

Nothing special about it, but it features several different celebrities, each with their own fan groups. Each fan type retweeting easily jumps the figure up.

InsaneNutter said,
Never heard of her in all honesty... guess it shows how much attention i pay to supposed celebs.

I understand Obama's "Four More Years" setting a re-tweet record, however i really don't see what is so special about that photo?

You have never heard of Ellen? The host of the Oscars? strange

Hello,

InsaneNutter said,
Never heard of her in all honesty... guess it shows how much attention i pay to supposed celebs.

Same thing I thought.

Lachlan said,

You have never heard of Ellen? The host of the Oscars? strange

No? In all honesty i've never cared enough to watch the Oscars...

riahc3 said,
Hello,

Same thing I thought.

Glad i'm not the only one haha, wasn't sure I should have admitted to that

0sit0 said,
Ellen? The voice of Dory in Finding Nemo? Wow...

She's done the voice in one 10+ year old film and nothing since, shes hardly Denzel Washington when it comes to movies...

Maybe i've had a sheltered life, who knows appears she's well known in America going by Wikipedia.

InsaneNutter said,

She's done the voice in one 10+ year old film and nothing since, shes hardly Denzel Washington when it comes to movies...

Maybe i've had a sheltered life, who knows appears she's well known in America going by Wikipedia.

Looks like shes hosted American Idol which is probably why shes known in America. I like my movies but have never heard of her either... Like you said shes done nothing movie or "tv series" wise for the last decade.

DoDonpachi said,

Looks like shes hosted American Idol which is probably why shes known in America.

Or it's because she has a popular talk show...

People are entertained by celebrities and a popular celebrity group selfie doesn't make the world spin. Stop trying to demonize the entertainment industry.

Yusuf M. said,
People are entertained by celebrities and a popular celebrity group selfie doesn't make the world spin. Stop trying to demonize the entertainment industry.
The entertainment industry demonized itself a long time ago fellow member. I am old enough to have witnessed this.

Yusuf M. said,
People are entertained by celebrities and a popular celebrity group selfie doesn't make the world spin. Stop trying to demonize the entertainment industry.
No, JH's right. Ask a young person (under 25) who the USA's Vice President is, or why there's trouble in Ukraine right now - the majority wouldn't have a clue. They're just glued to Facebook/Instagram/Twitter on their iPhones.

JHBrown said,
This is the world we live in folks. A celebrity selfie is what makes this world spin now.

Celebrities have always been the focus of entertainment. It's how it has always been and how it will always remain.
It takes less than a second for the average person to retweet something so at worst, this took 2 billion seconds to happen. In the grand scheme of things that's just pittance. Hardly "Making the world spin".

Hello,

68k said,
No, JH's right. Ask a young person (under 25) who the USA's Vice President is, or why there's trouble in Ukraine right now - the majority wouldn't have a clue. They're just glued to Facebook/Instagram/Twitter on their iPhones.

Why does ANY person really care what is the US's vice president or why there is trouble in Ukraine. Ill go further: Why should I care that this retweet broke a record?

There are things certain people don't care about because it simply doesn't mean anything to them or doesn't affect them directly.

Old people on the other hand.....they care about everything and anything it seems.

Yusuf M. said,
People are entertained by celebrities and a popular celebrity group selfie doesn't make the world spin. Stop trying to demonize the entertainment industry.

Yeah, there are plenty of legitimate reasons to criticise the Oscars.

riahc3 said,
Hello,

Why does ANY person really care what is the US's vice president or why there is trouble in Ukraine.

This pretty much sums up why the U.S. ranks so low when it comes to education. Our young people don't give a damn about anything.

Hello,

JHBrown said,
This pretty much sums up why the U.S. ranks so low when it comes to education. Our young people don't give a damn about anything.

It has nothing to do with people not giving a damn about thing. Simply the education system is worst.

riahc3 said,
Hello,

It has nothing to do with people not giving a damn about thing. Simply the education system is worst.

Actually,
It's because of both of those reason,but mainly because kids not giving a damn about anything except themselves and what kind of hand out they can get.

JHBrown said,
This is the world we live in folks. A celebrity selfie is what makes this world spin now.

And sites like this promote the stupidity with this kind of articles

JHBrown said,
The entertainment industry demonized itself a long time ago fellow member. I am old enough to have witnessed this.

I agree. Stories like this are just embarrassing to our society.

Hello,

cork1958 said,

Actually,
It's because of both of those reason,but mainly because kids not giving a damn about anything except themselves and what kind of hand out they can get.


Not really but if you want to write a fictional book about it, you are more than welcome to.

Im not saying there are kids like the ones you described, but dont throw a entire generation in that slot. Its like saying everyone from the 60-70-80 was a weed smoker and just had sex all the time. Stereotyping at its best.

I don't have Tweeter account. I do know the term "to tweet", hence I do know what "retweet" supposed to be meant. But what does "retweet" really meant or how does "retweet" really work?

Shiranui said,
What kind of person feels compelled to retweet stuff like this?

apparently over 2 million and counting.
people dig celebrities and that selfie is full of them. so, obviously it's going to attract retweets not just from ellen's followers, but from people who are fans of other celebrities on there.

Heck, I retweeted it.

Shiranui said,
What kind of person feels compelled to retweet stuff like this?

The kind of person who has no life, mainly!

Just like the people that even watched that garbage!

Shiranui said,
What kind of person feels compelled to retweet stuff like this?

and now people are retweeting this because it has over 2 million RT's, including me!

Shiranui said,
What kind of person feels compelled to retweet stuff like this?

He left out the part where she told everyone to retweet it so they could break the world record. Its no surprise at all that it happened given the viewership of something lime the Oscars. Had she not stated she wanted to break the retweet record it probably wouldn't have happened.

How is that even a question? Millions and millions watch this spectacle every year and set the world abuzz with this gossip. Of course they're gonna click a ####ing retweet button on stuff like this.

Thanks for clearing that up.

spenser.d said,

He left out the part where she told everyone to retweet it so they could break the world record. Its no surprise at all that it happened given the viewership of something lime the Oscars. Had she not stated she wanted to break the retweet record it probably wouldn't have happened.

Hello,

Romero said,
Julie Roberts the singer? Where?

Juila Roberts. To the right of Bradley Cooper and above the person.

riahc3 said,
Juila Roberts. To the right of Bradley Cooper and above the person.
It's Julia, and I knew someone would point out I'd supposedly made a mistake once the article had been silently edited after my comment above.

What's with the two empty comments anyway?

Romero said,
It's Julia, and I knew someone would point out I'd supposedly made a mistake once the article had been silently edited after my comment above.

If you click on the author's name (top-left of the article), there's a link to "report a problem with article"

freak180 said,
on to more important news.. how is retweets even news??

Get over it. This is a technology site. Tweets are a part of modern technology and this one broke records. Thus it's news. You can always go and read the FT or something if you want what you call "Real news".

This isn't "technology news." Its pathetic Hollywood narcissism. I thought coming to a tech site I could annoy this annoying crap somewhere that every other hack celebrity-obsessed site was covering. I guess not.

Well said! Its basically Hollywood related. I wont be surprise to see Justin beaver get's his first iPhone on Neowin's headline

Lord Method Man said,
This isn't "technology news." Its pathetic Hollywood narcissism. I thought coming to a tech site I could annoy this annoying crap somewhere that every other hack celebrity-obsessed site was covering. I guess not.

It's technology related in the fact that they broke twitter for a bit.