Kutcher Celebrates Twitter Victory
ASHTON KUTCHER is celebrating after beating news giant CNN to one million Twitter.com followers - and now he plans to prank the network's owner TED TURNER, and film it.
In the early hours of Friday (17Apr09), Kutcher claimed victory in the week-long Twitter battle with CNN after his social networking account swelled by over 150,000 members in just four days.
And the actor appeared on Oprah Winfrey's talk show in America on Friday to claim victory.
Calling him "the king of Twitter", Oprah linked up with the technology-loving star from his office in California.
Kutcher said, "In some ways this is kind of a commentary on the state of media. I believe we are at a place now with social media where one person's voice can be as powerful as a news network - an entire media network.
"That is the power of the social web... Through your own stream (you) can have a voice that's as loud as a media network."
Kutcher admitted he loves the social networking medium - because it allows him to post items directly online without mediation from the media: "My life is somewhat on display anyway, and always not by choice... I can publish pictures and videos of myself that have already been pre-approved and that I'm happy with.
"And then on top of it you can really rally people around different causes... There are giant things that we can do through this platform."
The actor explained he is using Twitter.com to highlight the issues of malaria in Africa, and raise awareness about the disease.
Celebrating his victory over CNN, Kutcher revealed he plans to "ding-dong-ditch" Ted Turner's house while he's in Georgia filming new movie Five Killers.