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Ellen DeGeneres selfie shuts down Twitter

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The night is over at the 86th Academy Awards but Ellen DeGeneres was such a big hit, she brought down Twitter with her epic group selfie, dishing out pizza and other hilarious antics.

Moments after she snapped the group photo which included the likes of Jennifer Lawrence, Meryl Streep, Lupita Nyong’o, Brad Pitt and Kevin Spacey and posted it to Twitter, the site went down with technical difficulties. About 15 minutes later, Twitter was back on, with the Twitterverse speculating whether the second most popular social media site would go down with further antics from Ellen along with other Oscar highlights.

The Academy Awards show is more than half over and the biggest awards, including Best Actor and Actress, Best Director and Best Picture are still to follow. Thus far the biggest winner has been director Alfonso Cuaron’s “Gravity” but Ellen DeGeneres has been completely delightful and a trending post on Twitter pretty much sums it all –

“Ellen deserves an Oscar

for breaking down twitter when she posted the selfie

for ordering pizza

for being so hilarious

for being ellen”

Did Ellen’s “Best photo ever” bring down Twitter? Seems likely given the fact the it’s been tweeted 750,000 times and favorited 400,000 and still rising rapidly.

Update: Ellen just informed the audience her tweet shut down Twitter and set a new record for retweets. She now has more than 1.2 million retweets, 600,000 favorites and rising.

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