There can be only one to rule them all and in Twitterland, it's The Kutch. Actor Ashton Kutcher, best known for TV's "That 70s Show" and for being married to actress Demi Moore, is the undisputed king of Twitter. Kutcher was the first person to gain 1 million followers, and as of April 21, 2009, his Twitter fan base was nearly 1.3 million strong [source: Twitter]. Kutcher has really embraced Twitter, leading to an odd turn when the actor challenged cable TV news giant CNN to a race for 1 million followers in April 2009. Kutcher won by about 30 minutes, and as promised, he donated 10,000 mosquito nets to the charity Malaria No More in the form of a $100,000 check [source: The Guardian].
So what makes Kutcher so appealing to Twitter users? One reason might be his tweet frequency -- more than 1,600 updates [source: Twitter]. Another may be his high-profile romance with wife Moore. Hollywood power couples tend to attract a lot of attention, and with Kutcher posting links to pictures of his wife's backside, he's surely gained some male followers. He also has a nice female following because of his heartthrob status. And then there's the very public bet with CNN. Kutcher has done a lot of promotion of his Twitter account, so people probably want to know what all the fuss is about. If you choose to follow his tweets, you can expect everything from words of wisdom and inspiration to the mundane -- something that doesn't distinguish him from his celebrity counterparts that can only look at him from a distant second place. All hale The Kutch, twittering his way into the history books.
Here are some samples of Kutch tweets:
- "My dad just told me his favorite actor is jack black... Um. Uh. Throat clearing noises"
- "Ever wish you had a trap door and a button to push to make people disapear (sic)"
- "If there ever was a second coming of Christ and some lady came up to you and was like "yo I'm Jesus" would anybody believe her?"
- "Who invented calling people a rotten egg for being last? that's an odd thing to call someone."
- "Inside Ashton Kutcher's world of Twitter." Guardian.co.uk. April 21, 2009. http://www.guardian.co.uk/lifeandstyle/2009/apr/21/ashton-kutcher-celebrity-twitter
- "Shaq 'tweets' at halftime of Suns game." Associated Press. March 2, 2009. http://nbcsports.msnbc.com/id/29818381/
- "The Twitterholic.com Top 100 Twitterholics based on Followers." Twitterholic.com. April 21, 2009.http://twitterholic.com/
- "Top 10 Celebrity Twitter Feeds." Time.com. 2009. http://www.time.com/time/specials/packages/article/0,28804,1878865_1878867,00.html
- "Top Celebrities on Twitter." Parade.com. 2009. http://www.parade.com/celebrity/slideshows/news/celebrities-who-twitter.html
- Ahmed, Murad. "The 50 most popular celebs on Twitter." Timesonline.co.uk. Feb. 2, 2009. http://technology.timesonline.co.uk/tol/news/tech_and_web/article5641893.ece
- Frommer, Dan. "Celebrities Take Over Twitter, Kick Geeks Aside." Businessinsider.com. April 17, 2009.http://www.businessinsider.com/celebrities-take-over-twitter-kick-geeks-aside- 2009-4
- Hedley, Caroline. "Barack Obama makes first 'tweet' on Twitter since inauguration." Telegraph.co.uk. March 26, 2009. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/scienceandtechnology/technology/twitter/5051398/Barack-Obama-makes-first-tweet-on-Twitter-since-inauguration.html
- Marikar, Sheila. "Celebrities' Latest Must-Have: Twitter." Abcnews.go.com. March 27, 2009. http://abcnews.go.com/Entertainment/AheadoftheCurve/Story?id=7183474&page=1
- Mzimba, Lizo. "Why celebrities love Twittering." Bbc.co.uk. Jan. 26, 2009. http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/entertainment/7851383.stm
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