Electronic Arts backs Ashton Kutcher's Twitter Ego

Posted by Rob Lewis

A couple days ago, actor and Twitter-fanatic Ashton Kutcher promised to punk CNN founder Ted Turner if he beats CNN to be the first Twitter user with one million followers. Kutcher is currently sitting at 870,000 followers with only CNN Breaking News and Britney Spears ahead of him.

To help fuel his Twitter rise, Kutcher has offered his one millionth follower a copy of Guitar Hero and promised to buy 10,000 bed nets to help fight malaria in third world countries. Vancouver's own Electronic Arts has now thrown their support behind Kutcher's bid by promising to put his one millionth follower into a future EA game. Pretty cool.

Will Kutcher be able to catch CNN and beat them to the one million mark? Time will tell and this story will undoubtedly heat up over the next couple days or weeks. Techcrunch's MG Siegler points out that as long as no HUGE news breaks in the meantime, he might have a shot. And that CNN is working on their own one million Twitter follower story as well.

Update: It turns out Kutcher wasn't actually in a race with CNN. The CNN Breaking News Twitter account was created by James Cox and Techcrunch is reporting that CNN acquired it today for $1 Million. Cox's tweets over the past couple days indicate that he was in CNN's hometown of Atlanta "having a complicated end to a complicated day". No word on whether Kutcher will be punking Cox instead.

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Electronic Arts
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Location:
Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada

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Company:
Twitter
Website:
http://www.twitter.com
Location:
San Francisco, California, United States

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Rob Lewis

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