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Ashton Kutcher About To Get Punk’d As Britney Spears Eyes Twitter’s Top Spot

Nobody really cares about follower counts anymore, but once upon a time it was kind of a big deal.

Just over a year ago, Ashton Kutcher became the first Twitter user to boast one million followers, beating the (then unofficial) CNN breaking news account in the process, and helping push Twitter towards the mainstream.

At the time of writing, Kutcher has 4,855,185 followers, which gives some idea of Twitter’s amazing growth over the past 12 months. But his reign atop the social network is about to come to an end, as Britney Spears, with 4,834,264 followers, and climbing much faster than Ashton, is about to seize his crown.

Ashton Kutcher About To Get Punk'd As Britney Spears Eyes Twitter's Top Spot

All things continuing as they are, Spears should be number one before the end of this month. And with the inevitable fanfare and media attention that will bring, she’ll likely hold that position for quite some time.

A couple of things to remember:

  1. The Spears’ account is managed. Sure, she does a few updates herself from time to time, but most of the tweets are from her team. Kutcher updates himself. Whatever you think of the man and the value of celebrity on Twitter, that’s an important difference.
  2. Otherwise, and as I said, nobody really cares.

Still, in many ways we’re nearing the end of an era. Looking ahead, Ellen Degeneres is climbing at least as fast as Ashton, and one shouldn’t be too surprised to see the likes of Lady Gaga, Kim Kardashian and @Oprah Winfrey moving above him in the months to come. And after that, we’ll be looking at the wilderness period that will become known as ‘The Bieber Years’. Dark days indeed.

All credit where it’s due, but I think if Ashton is still in the top ten this time next year, he’ll have done very well indeed.

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25 Twitter Accounts Now Have More Than One Million Followers

Only ten weeks have passed since considerable fanfare was attributed to Ashton Kutcher (@aplusk) becoming the first Twitter account to surpass one million followers, beating CNN (@cnnbrk) in the process, which hit the magic number shortly afterwards.

Since then, another twenty-three accounts on the network have moved beyond seven digits; fittingly, @Google is the latest, and they celebrated the occasion earlier today with this tweet.

25 Twitter Accounts Now Have More Than One Million Followers

Moreover, four Twitter users now have more than two million followers – Kutcher, Ellen Degeneres (@TheEllenShow), Britney Spears (@BritneySpears) and CNN. Kutcher is quite a ways in front – some 300,000 on Ellen – and @Oprah should join this group in a couple of weeks.

At the back of the pack, @NPRPolitics should be the next account to breach one million, with @Mashable and @MCHammer duking it out for the #27 spot.

I’ve discussed the benefits of breaching the one million mark – it’s a big deal for anybody with something to promote, like a brand or a blog. Even if we assume the relevancy and interests within these networks is quite small, such as 10-20 per cent, that’s still a huge number of people who will click on your links, certainly over the course of a month. Despite what many think, it does matter, and as these numbers build to 10, 20 million, and more, over the next year or two, the people at the top of this hill are going to have enormous power and influence, if only in all the websites they break with a single re-tweet.

Hey, Twitter – I’m A Real Person. Are You Going To Verify My Account, Too?

Yesterday, Twitter started to roll out the verification of accounts, a process they first mentioned on June 6, on the official blog.

The experiment will begin with public officials, public agencies, famous artists, athletes, and other well known individuals at risk of impersonation. We hope to verify more accounts in the future but due to the resources required, verification will begin only with a small set.

Please note that this doesn’t mean accounts without a verification seal are fake–the vast majority of Twitter accounts are not impersonators. Another way to determine authenticity is to check the official web site of the person for a link back to their Twitter account.

Already, a lot of celebrities have been given the seal of approval, including Ashton Kutcher, Shaquille O’Neal, Marvel’s @Agent_M, MC Hammer, Oprah Winfrey and Arnold Schwarzenegger.

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Some businesses, brands and organisations have also been given the early nod, including The Whitehouse. It’s clearly a work in progress, as a lot of names you’d expect to have been verified very quickly – like, say Al Gore – have not, while a few surprising ones have made the early cut.

Curiously, @mashable has been verified, while @Techcrunch has not. Somewhere, Mike Arrington is seriously pissed.

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Twitter: The Best Of The Week (May 23-29, 2009)

This is a weekly series that looks at the best Twitter-related stories, news and articles within the Twittersphere over the last seven days. You can read previous entries in our archives.

Twitter Trips on Its Rapid Growth

So says the Wall Street Journal. Twitter’s user-base has jumped from around 1.6 million to an estimated 32.1 million in a year, but the company still boasts less than 50 employees. “For the entire [three-year] history of the company, most of the resources have gone to managing growth and that is still the case,” says co-founder Evan Williams.

Paper Tweets

Fun projects like this always seem to spring up around social media. They rarely last, but still: fun. Twitter on Paper is a free service that allows you to request a handwritten, one-of-a-kind paper edition of a tweet that is mailed to your home. Why? Well, there’s the question.

Topsy

Topsy is a search-engine that is powered entirely by tweets. Here’s what it has to say about me. As you can see, amongst other things, Topsy rates a given user’s influence on Twitter, using re-tweets as a kind of virtual currency.

Google Twave

Google Wave generated enormous buzz this week, and if it’s as good as it looks we could well be seeing the beginning of the end for Facebook and Twitter as well. Meantime, check out Twave, an extension for Google Wave that allows you to manage tweets in unique ways.

New York Times Appoints First Social Media Editor

This story isn’t about Twitter per se, but it’s definitely related as Jennifer Preston has been appointed the first Social Media Editor of the New York Times. You can follow her on Twitter here.

Location, Location, Location

This week, Twitter announced that they may soon be adding comments and ‘likes’ as new functionality on the network – the latter of which I detest and wrote about here – as well as attaching controversial geo-referencing metadata to each tweet.

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Celebrities Say 'No' To Twitter TV Show; Twitter Comes Clean

After yesterday’s announcement of a Twitter TV show, Twitter have responded on their blog and essentially denied most of the rumours surrounding this story.

There is no official Twitter TV show-although if there were it would be fun to cast! In dealing with networks and production companies we sometimes have simple agreements. Regarding the Reveille and Brillstein project reported today, we have a lightweight, non-exclusive, agreement with the producers which helps them move forward more freely.

Good thing, too, as the general response within the Twitter stream hasn’t been exactly positive. TechCrunch’s Mike Arrington was quick to write an piece entitled, “300 Things I’d Like To See From Twitter Before A TV Show“, and invited readers to submit their own ideas. (Mine can be found here.)

But it’s the celebrity response that’s been the most telling. As reader Rooker reported in the comments in my article, a Twitter account that is in opposition to the alleged show has been established that is already gathering some interest, including that of Ashton Kutcher, Demi Moore and Alyssa Milano.

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Twitter: The Best Of The Week (April 18-24, 2009)

This is a weekly series that looks at the best Twitter-related stories, news and articles within the Twittersphere over the last seven days. You can read previous entries in our archives.

Oprah

Oprah finally submitted her first tweet to the Twittersphere, and quickly received a lesson in social media from Shaquille O’Neal. It wasn’t long before she had an army of followers some half-a-million strong, giving a massive boost to the entire Twitter network. At the time of writing she is following 10 people, most of which are celebrities.

Here Before Oprah?

Were you on Twitter before Oprah joined? What about Ashton? Does it matter?

Researchers Turn Thoughts Into Tweets

The University of Wisconsin’s Neural Interfaces lab has built something that’s not far short of a miracle – a software system that reads brain patterns and converts those signals into Twitter updates.

Five Ways To Get Your Questions Answered On Twitter

Five sites that scan Twitter’s hive mind for the solutions to your problems, courtesy of Mashable. (Also from Mashable: “The Seven Ways To Approach Twitter“.)

Twitter Changes The Rules

As of April 20, Twitter has changed the number of accounts that a single user can follow in a day to 1000. It seems wise, but unless those people follow you back, what exactly can you do with that? Hard to spam somebody who isn’t following you.

Ignore Twitter At Your Peril

It’s been a big week for scandal. Amazon, Dominos and CNN all had some damage repair to take care of, thanks to events that broke and had legs on Twitter.

Twitter Personality Test

Have your Twitter personality tested with Twanalyst. Seems everybody who does more than a handful of submissions a day is a spammer.

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Twitter: The Best Of The Week (April 11-17, 2009)

This is a weekly series that looks at the best Twitter-related stories, news and articles within the Twittersphere over the last seven days. You can read previous entries in our archives.

Twitter Gets Hacked By A Worm (And His Name Was Michael Mooney)

This past week was really all about one thing: worms. Twitter got hit hard and fast last Easter weekend, and for a little while things looked pretty bleak. I did my part by helping out folk with the cure, but is this just the beginning, and what can you do to protect yourself?

Twitter Goes Pay-Per-Tweet, And Big Business Is Buying

Magpie is a new pay-per-tweet service on Twitter. It’s got many up-in-arms, but that hasn’t stopped the likes of Apple, Skype and others signing up. What exactly is going on?

How Fast Can You Tweet?

Not sure? Check out Fast140.com and find out. (Note: some people are clearly cheating.)

Every Time You Tweet, A Kitten Is Killed

The Daily Mail did its usual bit for humanitarianism by claming that Twitter can make you immoral, after scientists at the University of Southern California (USC) made vague suggestions that the rapid updates on Twitter could lead to some folk never fully experiencing “emotions about other people’s psychological states and that would have implications for your morality.”

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So Ashton Is The First To One Million Followers. Will Oprah Be The Fastest?

It’s official, and it’s finally over: Ashton Kutcher (@aplusk) is the first Twitter user to boast one million followers. At the time of writing, he’s added about another fifteen thousand to that total.

The Kutchers

@cnnbrk – which only this week became an actual CNN account – looked the clear favourite for a long-time, but some serious buzz around Kutcher over the last 48 hours saw him take the prize with relative ease.

To his credit, Kutcher has donated $100,000 of his own money to MalariaNoMore.org, and others added more to his pot. We can be as cynical as we like about celebrity charity, but it’s a nice gesture. He didn’t have to do it.

Kutcher, alongside wife Demi Moore (@mrskutcher – who still looks absolutely amazing), and friends, sent out a live, streaming video about the time he hit 999,000 followers, and this definitely helped push him over the edge. (Watch a recording of the video here.)

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And The First Twitter Account To One Million Followers Is…

… probably going to be CNN (@cnnbrk). And, all being well, it should happen within the next 5-7 days.

What happens next?

Who Will Be The First Twitter Account With One Million Followers?

At the time of writing, @cnnbrk is the number one most-followed account on Twitter with some 933K followers. Readers of this blog may recall my prediction that Britney Spears (@britneyspears) was going to be the first to edge past the one million mark. That looks unlikely now, simply because we’re running out of time, but Britney is right on the 900K mark and definitely closing on @cnnbrk.

In third place is Ashton Kutcher (@aplusk) at about 881K. Larry King (@kingsthings – I believe this is genuine) of CNN recently responded to Kutcher’s claims that he would be the first to hit the million mark with this funny video.

It’s a bit of a cheat, of course: both @cnnbrk and @britneyspears have Twitter accounts that are updated by different teams – it would be great if they swapped for 24 hours or so to see if anybody noticed – and so in many respects as Ashton is the only authentic account on there, inasmuch as he updates himself, he probably deserves the plaudits.

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Twitter: The Best Of The Week (March 21-27, 2009)

These are the best Twitter stories of the past seven days. Did you see all this cool stuff?

(This is a new weekly feature. Click here for last week.)

Happy Birthday Twitter!

Twitter turned three years old on Saturday, 21 March, and much celebration was to be had. The party was great, wasn’t it? All that free beer and food, the dancing girls were amazing, and that preview of Iron Man 2 was unreal.

What? Oh. Ah. Awkward. Maybe your invite ended up in your spam folder?

The 14 Types of Twitter Personalities

Allegedly, there are fourteen different kinds of personality on Twitter. Which one are you? Click here to find out.

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