Ashton Kutcher Beats CNN To 1 Million Twitter Followers


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.


  • ~I n F a m o u s~

    how does demi deal with such a pathetic, childish, douche..?

  • nicole

    am i th eonly one who doesnt use twitter? lol

  • Panti Christ

    I just added him to my Follows!

  • Janey

    Nicole, you aren’t the only one who doesn’t use twitter!!! I don’t either. And seriously, W.HO. C.A.R.E.S. about how many followers Ashton Kutcher has? This has seriously got to be the most irrelevant “news” I’ve ever seen. Yet, I’m posting a comment about it. Hm. :)

  • Presley

    I’m with you Nicole and Janey. I don’t have time for another obsession so I will stay off:)

  • Lana

    I don’t use twitter. I think it is weird and obsessive and pathetic. Why do people feel the need to constantly update their lives? Our generation is so full of themselves.

  • Kat
  • ~I n F a m o u s~

    twitter’s for following clowns. it’s a joke that only the pathetic users don’t get.

  • No

    I was just checkin this out last night and CNN was on the lead and now Ashton won? Oh welps, I bet Ashton and his army made fake accounts anyway.. Let’s see if those 1 million are real twitterers. LOL.. I don’t have twitter.

  • Kim

    I’m pretty sure he beat them by about 2000, not 12000.

  • hcd

    who gives a shiz? this is a sad story. ashton is more famous for a million people on twitter than his acting career.

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  • alexggb

    I think most people are taking this as a joke and as another stupid thing Ashton was doing; but u r really not understanding was this was all about. It goes deeper than “I’ll get 1000000 sooner than u” If that was the case he could’ve raced Britney Spears and not CNN. I’ll quote an article that I think got the gesture “To demonstrate that any individual can earn influence for which to wield freely and graciously in the name of social good is symbolic of the true spirit of Social Media.” – That was the main purpose and that’s why he chose CNN. Check out his video from when he got to a million and talked about it before and after.
    I’m not defending Ashton, I could’t care less, he cracks me up form time to time but he is not a family member or a friend of mine; but I do believe in and support his intentions cause I feel the same way about the media issue.
    And Demi is in love with the “pathetic, childish, douche” like someone said up there, and happy so… who are we to judge. Lucky her for having a man that adores her and makes her laugh.

  • Kayla

    I don’t see why so many people are bitching about Ashton doing this, a lot of good has come out of it. Countless other people (both celebrities and otherwise) donating money to buy mosquito nets which is something that probably would not be happening if it wasn’t for this whole thing, so I say congrats Ashton :)

  • Oscar

    With all their money thay are cheap,cheap,cheap.The mosquito nets will probably be twin size.Nevertheless is a good move.Good for them.

  • Ashley

    My English Prof used the verb “twittering” in class the other day. It was so weird, since she’s like a 50 year old lit professor, who’s not really up/a fan of the internet stuff………

  • They say you can tweeter from your blackberry !! I have tried so hard to get an account but I can’t so I don’t tweeter either!! I think it would be fun but don’t know I can’t someone may show me someday I hope:I

  • Ashley H

    The reason why they probably didn’t donate 1,000,000 mosquito nets is because they’re $10 each Trent. So that would have been about $10,000,000 dollars and I don’t know if he even has that much. Also, he donated 10,000 nets which is equivalent to $100,000. I’m glad you posted this though, I added it to my facebook account and also donated myself.

    @oscar. Each net can hold two people and last five years. Unless you have donated more than Ashton, I don’t think you have any right to say anything negative.

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