For the past few days, Ashton Kutcher (@aplusk) has been in a “Twitter War” with CNN (@cnnbrk) to see which user of the micro-blogging service could reach the hallowed level of 1 million followers first … and last night, a winner was determined and Ashton Kutcher came out on top. From what I understand, Ashton managed to break the million follower mark ahead of CNN by just 12,000 to win the competition … and in celebration, Ashton is making a donation of 10,000 mosquito nets to the charity Malaria No More (tho, I gotta say, a donation of 1,000,000 nets would’ve been more apropos, don’t you think?). Here are some photos of Ashton and his wife Demi Moore (@mrskutcher) celebrating the win last night and some deets about the Twitter War:
Take that CNN. Ashton Kutcher, 31, has become the first Twitter user (@aplusk) to reach more than one million “followers.” For the past few days, he’d been locked in a race with CNN’s breaking news feed — (@cnnbrk), but just before midnight Thursday he became the first “Twitter millionaire.” Around 1:30 he tweeted, “Victory is ours!!!!!!!!” and posted a twitpic of the win. Kutcher says he’s donating 10,000 mosquito nets to the medical charity Malaria No More to celebrate, and the video-game publisher Electronic Arts says the millionth follower will become a character in “The Sims.” Plus, there’s the promised ding-dong-ditch of Ted Turner’s Atlanta home to look forward to! Stay tuned for his appearance on Oprah Friday, where he plans to teach Winfrey how to Twitter.
If anything, this really goes to show how quickly Twitter has crossed over from being a fun new online social networking site to THE most talked about new fad on the Internets. I only hope that all of this Twitter saturation doesn’t kill all the fun that goes along with the service. I had a great time posting tweets on my Twitter profile (@trentvanegas) last night from the Britney Spears concert at the Staples Center. It’s really fun sharing thoughts, observations and photos in real time with anyone interested anywhere in the world … especially among friends. Now Ashton Kutcher has 1,000,000 people following him to read/see whatever he has to put out there … here’s hoping he uses this new power for good rather than evil. Congrats Ashton, I’m not sure what this accomplishment wins you but I suppose the bragging rights of being the first Twitter user to have 1 million followers should be enough to keep you pretty happy for a while … at least until the next Internet fad comes along.