MSU Student Hopes to "Tweet" His Way Out of a Final

By Lindsay Clein , Daniel Shedd |

Published 05/10 2014 09:44PM

Updated 05/10 2014 10:47PM

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. --  Over 4,000 people have retweeted it on Twitter and one Missouri State University student wants you to retweet it as well.  It's all an effort to get out of taking a portion of a social media class final.

"This is kind of a beast we haven't been able to tame," says MSU Senior Matthew Francis.

You can call it the tweet seen around the world. 

"My goal is 20,000 retweets by Sunday," Francis says.

Francis is making his mark at MSU and online in the social media world.

"We just tried to get it out on Facebook, Twitter, and wherever we could to generate the most feedback," he says.

The tweet reads:  "I'm trying to get my teacher on board with a social media challenge. 20,000 retweets = no final #challengeaccepted."

It's not only Matthew who has accepted the challenge-- but by Saturday afternoon, he already had over 4,000 others on board retweeting his way out of a final.

"The challenge was to my teacher at first," Francis says.  "It was just a silly idea to get out of a final.  Then, I researched on social media and saw high schools were doing it, so I said why not?  Why can't we do this?"

If Matthew gets his 20,000 retweets by 8 p.m. Sunday, he and his classmates who participate won't have to take the multiple choice portion of their social media class final.

"I know it's a little stretch," he says.  "Maybe I jumped the gun and said too much or too many tweets, but it was something I just went with.  We've slowed down a  little bit, but I think if we get a couple more big names-- anything could happen."

His challenge is proving that-- with nearly 4,200 people chirping about it in the Twitter world by late Saturday-- including Walking Dead celebrities.

"I never in a million dreams would've thought I would generate this much feedback," says Francis.  "But it's been great.  There have been random people show more interest than others and there's been backlash from people.  There's been some negative feedback, but I think that's funny as well."

Now, Matthew just hopes the word, or tweet rather, flies fast enough so he can enjoy his final days as a college student with one less thing to worry about.

"It will be nice if I get the 20,000," he says.  "It's just amazing how people have been supporting me saying good luck and retweeting everything.  Social media is one of those things I think will be important for a very long time for so many aspects.  Just retweet and help me out."

The challenge started Tuesday at 6 p.m. and he only has one more day to get around 16,000 more tweets.

If you'd like to get on board and help Matthew and his classmates get out of taking their social media final, you can find him on Twitter by clicking here.

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