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Japanese billionaire uses his money to gain 'most retweeted post' honor

By midian182 · 7 replies
Jan 7, 2019
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  1. Maezawa, who founded Japanese online clothing retailer Zozotown, posted a tweet on January 5 revealing that his firm had made 10 billion yen ($92.4 million) in sales over the holiday period.

    To say thanks, Maezawa promised to give 1 million yen ($9,200) to 100 randomly selected people. For a chance to win the money, he asked users to follow him and retweet the post.

    The message has now been retweeted over 4.5 million times. 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). Maezawa now has the most retweeted post in Twitter history, while his follower count has jumped from around 500,000 to over 5.1 million in just a few days.

    Last September, Elon Musk revealed that Maezawa had paid “a lot of money” to become the first private passenger on the Big Falcon Rocket, which is scheduled to take its lunar flight sometime in 2023. Maezawa said he would ask several artists to join him on the journey.

    “They will be asked to create something after they return to Earth. These masterpieces will inspire the dreamer within all of us,” he said.

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  2. Lounds

    Lounds TS Addict Posts: 184   +114

    2023, that will be delayed by a lot I bet.
    JaredTheDragon likes this.
  3. Bubbajim

    Bubbajim TechSpot Staff Posts: 656   +633

    I don't think 2023 will be delayed, it'll probably be in four years time as expected.
    xxLCxx likes this.
  4. wiyosaya

    wiyosaya TS Evangelist Posts: 3,827   +2,175

    I agree! Given that it was five-years out when the original estimate was made, it is almost certain that the date is very tentative.

    I am sure some of the regular TS commenters know that Musk is not at all one of my favorites in the tech world, however, this is a very challenging technical goal no matter who is behind it. Most initial goals by the players in aerospace are never met. When they think it is going to be six-months out or so, I will be willing to listen.
  5. amghwk

    amghwk TS Guru Posts: 503   +307

    Everyone seems to want free lunch and free money....
    JaredTheDragon likes this.
  6. jobeard

    jobeard TS Ambassador Posts: 12,795   +1,510

    HONOR?? IMO this makes him the world's biggest plagiarist!
  7. mailpup

    mailpup TS Special Forces Posts: 7,378   +612

    Hmm. I don't see where he is plagiarizing anything unless I missed something. It's his tweet that is being retweeted by others and, besides, I don't think retweeting fits the definition of plagiarism.
    cliffordcooley likes this.
  8. cliffordcooley

    cliffordcooley TS Guardian Fighter Posts: 11,265   +4,933

    Especially when he ask them to retweet. That's the equivalent of going open-source.

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