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Elmo's Tweet Goes Viral, Prompting Existential Soul-Searching Among Followers

Elmo's Innocent Tweet Triggers Unprecedented Online Phenomenon

Elmo finds himself in a state of bewilderment, awe, and confusion as he navigates the unexpected fallout from a seemingly mundane tweet he posted yesterday morning: "Elmo is just checking in! How is everybody doing?"

In a span of just over 24 hours, the tweet has amassed a staggering 137 million views and garnered responses from prominent companies like Buffalo Wild Wings, Chipotle, and Shake Shack, along with a diverse array of celebrities including Dionne Warwick, T-Pain, Rachel Zegler, Garfield, and even TODAY's own Craig Melvin, who chimed in with, "Thanks for checking in, Elmo. Mondays are hard. Hope you're doing great. Be sure to check on Oscar. He always seems to be in a mood."

Craig, we feel you. It appears that many people felt compelled to unleash their inner turmoil, publicly sharing their personal traumas with Elmo, perhaps spurred on by the universal struggle of facing Mondays. Here's a glimpse of some of the responses:

"Elmo I’m gonna be real I am at my f---ing limit"

"Elmo I’ve got to level with you baby we are fighting for our lives"

"Elmo each day the abyss we stare into grows a unique horror..."

Yet, Elmo didn't anticipate nor solicit such overwhelming responses. He merely engaged in the customary pleasantries of online discourse, making the flood of reactions all the more surprising. Taking to social media today, Elmo expressed his gratitude and newfound insight, stating, "Wow! Elmo is glad he asked! Elmo learned that it is important to ask a friend how they are doing. Elmo will check in again soon, friends! Elmo loves you. #EmotionalWellBeing"

Elmo's friends, including Cookie Monster, Snuffleupagus, and even Oscar the Grouch, offered their support and listening ears, reinforcing the sense of community and empathy that Elmo embodies.

Despite being a mere 3.5 years old (with his birthday approaching on Feb. 3!), Elmo maintains an active presence on social media, albeit with the assistance of "Elmo’s mommy and daddy." His account boasts nearly half a million followers, a testament to his endearing presence and surprisingly adept spelling and grammar.

While Elmo frequently spreads goodwill with morning greetings, birthday wishes, and the occasional #FridayFeeling, this particular tweet has sparked a reaction unlike any other.

Aaron Bisman, vice-president of Audience Development at Sesame Workshop, acknowledges the unique nature of this viral moment, attributing it to Elmo's inherent friendliness, curiosity, and openness, as well as the timing of the tweet.

Indeed, there's a certain magic in the connection audiences feel with this empathetic character, as expressed by Bisman. Whether it's nostalgia from childhood or the simple desire for a sympathetic ear, Elmo's innocent inquiry has struck a chord, reminding us of the power of genuine human connection, even in the digital realm.

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