A picture shared by celebrity and?Oscars?host?Ellen DeGeneres?became the most retweeted photograph of all time on Twitter last Sunday night, beating the record previously held by U.S. President Barack Obama.
In November 7, 2012, the U.S. President posted a photo on Twitter with the caption “Four more years,” just a few minutes after being re-elected. This tweet became the most retweeted message ever.
However, the record was beaten by Ellen DeGeneres after posting a selfie with some of the biggest and brightest stars of Hollywood during the 2014 Oscars. The epic selfie includes Jennifer Lawrence, Channing Tatum, Meryl Streep, Julia Roberts, DeGeneres, Kevin Spacey,?Bradley Cooper (who took the picture himself), Brad Pitt, Lupita Nyong’o and her brother and Angelina Jolie. Ellen tweets, “If only Bradley’s arm was longer. Best photo ever. #oscars.”
The photo reached 779,295 retweets in approximately half an hour and the number went to a million in just an hour. The Oscars host later said that Twitter had temporarily crashed because of her actions. Twitter was apparently disrupted for 20 minutes, much to the dismay of users and of course, the Twitter administration. The management of the social network even sent the Oscars host an email about the disruption. Although it caused an inconvenience, everyone was happy about the photo making rounds on social media. “We really just made history. We’re all winners tonight,” Ellen added.
The picture was taken with a Samsung Galaxy Note 3. It seems like a big promotional stunt for Samsung, which is a big sponsor of the show. Ellen was seen whipping out the device at various scenes during the whole show. But promotion or not, everyone enjoyed the picture, except for?Liza Minnelli who was too small to be captured by the camera.
And just in case you were wondering, Ellen took a picture with her (yes, alone) to make it up to her.
Everyone had an incredible night at the Oscars. Ellen sure did a great job with her hosting, jokes, and selfies. The spotlight is really shining bright these days on her. The numbers are still increasing as of writing (and we highly doubt it would stop soon).