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Ellen crashes Twitter thanks to a gaggle of friends and some crafty product placement

The Star Wars Trilogy was playing last night on Spike TV, but apparently some awards ceremony called the Oscars was also playing at the same time. And as host of the Oscars, Ellen DeGeneres naturally commingled with the audience that was full of Oscar hopefuls.
 
Early in the show, Ellen took the opportunity to whip out a Samsung Galaxy Note 3 smartphone to take a selfie with a virtual Who’s Who in Hollywood including Jennifer Lawrence, Bradley Cooper, Brad Pitt, Julia Roberts, Angelina Jolie, Meryl Streep, and Kevin Spacey.


But, that’s no big deal, right? Celebrities pat themselves on the back all the time. However, once Ellen posted the image to Twitter to share with her nearly 27 million followers, the “selfie” took on a life of its own. The photo seen around the world was enough to crash Twitter for roughly 20 minutes (to which Twitter apologized).

 
As of this hour, the photo has been retweeted 2.5 million times, setting a new record. The previous record hold was a photo of Michelle and Barack Obama after the President won reelection in 2012. That photo garnered only 781,000 retweets.

Sources: Twitter, NPR





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