techkenyot.com
techkenyot.com January 20, 2019


Eccentric Japanese billionaire earns retweet world record with $92mn giveaway

08 January 2019, 06:38 | Hattie Nash

The most retweeted tweet of all time now belongs to Yusaku Maezawa, a Japanese billionaire behind the e-commerce company Zozotown.

The post comes from a Japanese billionaire who offered to split 100 million yen (£726,000) between a group of those who chose to share his message on Twitter.

That puts it ahead of Carter Wilkerson, the Nevada teenager who was hoping for a year's supply of Wendy's chicken nuggets (3.5 million retweets), and Ellen DeGeneres' celeb-packed selfie from the 2014 Oscars (3.3 million).

He looks set to become one of the first people to visit space as a tourist on board Elon Musk's SpaceX Big Falcon Rocket, which is scheduled for take-off in 2023. Musk didn't reveal how much the trip would cost, but said it was "not a trivial amount" and that Maezawa had already put down a hefty deposit. His message has been retweeted more than 5.6 million times.

Twitter reacts to bananas ending in Eagles-Bears playoff thriller
I think every single guy did the same that I did. "We'll be all right". "It was tough", star linebacker Khalil Mack said. He said he was praying as Parkey went to kick. "But you've got to learn from this".

After it was announced that his tweet was the most retweeted ever, Mr Maezawa took to the social media channel to thank people for participating and to announce that his prize was still up for grabs.

But Mr Maezawa was offering some incentive to people to share his post.

The previous record holder for retweets was a college student in the USA whose goal was to get a year's free supply of chicken nuggets from the Wendy's fast-food franchise, according to Statista.

The eccentric founder of Zozo Inc., originally a drummer in a punk band, promised to give out 100 million yen ($925,000) in cash prizes to a lucky 100 participants in his Twitter lottery, which he launched ostensibly in celebration of his company's successful spring sale.

American woman serving life sentence for murder granted clemency after celebrities' campaign
Cyntoia Brown will reportedly be required to perform 50 hours of community service and also participate in counseling sessions. Celebrity support from entertainers like Rihanna and Kim Kardashian helped ignite a viral campaign to get Brown out of prison.

Mr Maezawa's sharp rise to top spot means former One Direction star Louis Tomlinson moves into fourth position with his 2011 tweet to Harry Styles.

Initially, Mr Wilkerson was told by Wendy's he would need 18 million retweets to win the prize, however they still gave him the nuggets and made a $US100,000 donation in his name even though he fell a long way short of their target. That post had 3.58 million retweets and 990,000 likes.

Maezawa has more than 6 million followers on Twitter.

He now has more than 5.9 million followers.

Bernie Sanders slams ‘absurd’ introduction of anti-BDS bill in Congress
One section of the bill, called Combating BDS Act of 2019, would protect states that penalize Israel boycotters. Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., seems to be kowtowing to the radicals in his conference.



Other News

Trending Now

Meghan Markle Reportedly Offered Millions To Return For An Episode Of 'Suits'
It looks like there's a slim possibility that former American TV star and current British royal Meghan Markle might return to television.

Daenerys meets Sansa in new footage from Game of Thrones!
While Daenerys gives her an approving look, Jon doesn't look too sure about what will follow. Also, joining them for the scene are Brienne of Tarth and Ser Jorah Mormont.

The Packers Have Reportedly Made A Head Coaching Decision
He takes over for Mike McCarthy , who was sacked during the season following a stunning home loss to Arizona on December 2. The early expectation is that Pettine stays in Green Bay, though Lafleur will make a firm call when it's official.

GitHub's Free Users Will Now Be Able to Make Private Repositories
This announcement comes courtesy of TheNextWeb.com, which admits it broke Microsoft's embargo on the news a day early. While that cost does add up over the year, it isn't too challenging to put together $7 a month if you have a job.

John Legend calls R. Kelly serial child rapist
John Legend was one of few male musicians to feature in the documentary. It is unclear if it was deleted by the social media platform. Kelly has referred so far, no comments to the documentation.

Mack, Alabama upset No. 13 Kentucky 77-75 in SEC opener
Kentucky's offense in the second half was a train wreck, magnified by the lack of second-chance opportunities via the glass. The Tide also won the battle of the boards for the 12th time in 13 games, outrebounding the Wildcats 40-32 in the contest.

Ring’s newest doorbell sits over your door’s peephole
It announced a "Smart Lighting" lineup that consists of wireless and wired floodlights, spotlights, path lights, and a step light. Whether you live in a house, apartment, condo, even dorms - if there's a peephole on your door, Door View Cam has it covered.

NHS launches 'effective' plan to tackle alcohol abuse
Better support will also be offered to fathers or partners of women accessing specialist perinatal mental health services. With additional funding announced, the NHS is making plans to make it fit for future generations.

Clemson redshirts and coaches at Media Day
I've had my doubts all season that Alabama was the clear-cut No. 1 team over Clemson, and this is the Tigers' chance to prove it. ESPN will have live broadcasts of the game on four of its channels, including its ESPN Megacast on ESPN.

Venus Williams defeated in Auckland quarterfinals by Bianca Andreescu
The result would have surprised Williams, who had earlier spoken of how she expected to meet Wozniacki in the quarter-finals. After winning the first five games in the decisive third set, Andreescu let Williams back in the match.