When Ryan Sesselman, who is nineteen years old, first saw the fluffy little puppy, he fell in love. Ryan met the pup at an adoption event in his area and just knew the dog was destined to join the family. So, he did what any teen would do: he texted his mom a photo of him holding the puppy and asked if they could adopt the pup. She needed a little convincing, though. The family has two dogs at home already, and Ryan knew his mom probably wasn’t going to be excited about a third dog. He sent the photo and asked his mom how many retweets on Twitter it would take for them to adopt the pup.
She said “NOOOOO!” in response, so he suggested 10,000 retweets could do the trick. Her response? One million. Ryan, who has just 200 followers on Twitter, was up for quite the challenge here. He knew it wasn’t going to be easy, but he gave it his best shot anyway. He posted the photo of him with the sweet little puppy and his mother’s instructions for one million retweets.
The next day, he was sitting at 222 retweets. Impressive, but nowhere near that one million mark. The next day he had 149,000 retweets, and then he really gained momentum as word spread about the puppy. Just four days after posting that original tweet, he got one million retweets—making his message the tenth most-retweeted tweet of all time. Not too shabby! Neither Ryan nor his mother could believe it when the final results rolled in. His mother kept up her end of the bargain, and the moment his mom met the puppy she too fell in love. So, they brought the pup home and named her Milli, a nod to those one million retweets it took to bring her home!