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Saturday 20 December 2014

The photo that broke Twitter: Ellen DeGeneres' selfie during Oscars 2014 crashes website and beats Obama pic for most retweeted

This was the year the selfie landed in Hollywood. Kevin Spacey, Angelina Jolie, Julia Roberts, Brad Pitt, Jennifer Lawrence, Ellen Degeneres and Jared Leto join for the Twitter-busting selfie
The year the selfie landed in Hollywood: Kevin Spacey, Angelina Jolie, Julia Roberts, Brad Pitt, Jennifer Lawrence, Ellen Degeneres and Jared Leto join Twitter-busting selfie
Kevin Spacey, Angelina Jolie, Julia Roberts, Brad Pitt, Jennifer Lawrence, Ellen Degeneres and Jared Leto join for the Twitter-busting selfie (AP)

Ellen DeGeneres' selfie photograph during the Oscars ceremony - with a line-up of stars including Meryl Streep, Jennifer Lawrence, Kevin Spacey, Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt - went straight on to Twitter and promptly went viral.

By 7am it been retweeted more than 3.4 million times breaking the record set by President Barack Obama with the picture of him hugging First Lady Michelle Obama after his re-election in 2012.

The Obama image currently has over 2 million retweets.

DeGeneres remarked said during the Awards ceremony at the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles: ‘We crashed Twitter.’

Twitter had to send out an apology because the retweeting disrupted the service for more than 20 minutes.

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