The Race to 1,000,000 Followers: an Update

By  |  Wednesday, April 15, 2009 at 3:56 pm

Some of you may have heard about Aston Kutcher’s Twitter challenge to CNN: that he would punk Ted Turner if he beat the network to a million followers. That prompted network stalwart Larry King to shoot back at Kutcher in a funny-but-slightly-uncomfortable-to-watch video:

Well, here’s where we stand: EA’s now gotten into the action according to TechCrunch’s MG Siegler:

EA tweeted out earlier today that if Kutcher beats CNN to a million, it will put Kutcher’s 1 millionth follower in a future EA game. The Twitter community is bound to eat this up.

It gets better: EA later sweetened the pot even further, the game maker will now give that lucky Twitterer every single game made this year. So will Aston be able to do it?

Probably yes. As of Wednesday at 6:45pm ET, @cnnbrk has just short of 947,000 followers. @aplusk stands at about 915,000 followers. Aston has been gaining a couple thousand followers per hour, and a Twitter user has created a spreadsheet (wow, a lot of time on their hands) to calculate the time to 1 million.

If it’s right, Aston will reach the goal about 16 hours ahead of CNN sometime tomorrow afternoon. And somebody out there in Twitterland is going to be a very happy camper and a video game star.


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