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Ashton Kutcher, CNN, Twitter’s Million Followers, and Why it’s all Relevant

April 17, 2009

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It felt more exciting than the last Presidential election last night as I stayed up a little past midnight CST to watch Ashton Kutcher (@aplusk) beat CNN (@cnnbrk)  in their Twitter Contest to see which user would reach 1,000,000 followers first.

Both sides were campaigning hard to be the first Twitter user to reach the milestone. CNN put on the full-court press as Larry King, Anderson Cooper, and a host of the network’s other personalities appealed to their audience via their television networks. Meanwhile, Ashton decided to appeal to the Internet by streaming live on ustream.tv. It was a close race with Ashton passing CNN around 11pm CST and not looking back. He eventually won a little past midnight last night.

(You can watch a recorded version of Ashton’s win, surrounded by Demi, friends, and Kool & the Gang’s “Celebration” here.)

So I’m sure you’re asking yourself… WHY is this relevant? WHY should I care about a silly follower mark on a site I’ve never used before? And for God’s sake, WHY is Twitter the buzz in mainstream media at the moment?

I’ve already posted a few reasons on why people use the service on my Twitter Guide for Newbies. However this is a very big deal for one major reason. It marks the changing of the guard from the old way of distributing news information to the new way of pushing out these messages.

Don’t you see how the world is changing when one man can reach an audience real-time like only a media conglomerate previously could.

Twitter has given us the ability to get our news first-hand instead of through filters. For example, you want to know how filming is going for Iron Man 2? Do you think you would get a more raw response from E! ….or from Jon Favreau himself? Judge for yourself – @Jon_Favreau posted less than 11 hours ago that Scarlett Johansson’s first day was very exciting. Jon also posted that Robert Downey Jr. was on fire and that weird sleep cycles were starting to wear on him. Get the point? Getting info straight from the source is a powerful thing.

Jon Favreau postings about Iron Man 2  is just one example of the type of raw information you can get from Twitter. You can also follow celebrities like @iamdiddy, @RealHughJackman, @mrskutcher, and a host of other celebrities for news on their careers as well.

And if you think the Hollywood crowd are the only ones using Twitter, think again. The micro-blogging site was critical in the Presidential campaign of @BarackObama. His opponent, @SenJohnMcCain uses the site also. Even humanitarian groups like @officialpeta have adopted the service.

Twitter is reaching critical mass and becoming mainstream. You may have seen it as irrelevant but pretty soon, you won’t be able to ignore it. How do I know? Because at one point in time, the average Joe was shunning e-mail and now he has an e-mail account. This is the same guy who also blasted Myspace, Facebook, and every other emerging technology until they got to the point where Twitter is going now. Pretty soon, that guy will be a user too and go on blasting the next best thing.

My opinion anyway.

So if you thought Twitter was just for geeks, well that day has already past. Now it’s about celebrities and news organizations and a million followers. And today at 4pm, yet another of the world’s icons, @Oprah, is making her first tweet live on her show. The soccer moms will sure follow…

Thoughts on the presidential debate

September 26, 2008

Re-post of Bryan’s notes from the Presidential Debate over at Subliminal Gary

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Presidential Debate – September 26, 2008

McCain’s tie is truly awful. Obama took the center of the ring immediately. Guess he’s going to take the initiative.

Q1: Where do you stand on the bailout plan?

Obama looks good. Speaking directly to the camera. Looks smooth and relaxed and prepared. Obama draws first blood by blaming the current crisis on Bush, supported by McCain.

McCain mentions Kennedy being in the hospital right off the bat. Interesting tactic. McCain appears to be looking at and speaking directly to the moderator, not the television audience. Not sure how that will play to the television audience. Obama is speaking directly to us, McCain does not appear to be doing so.

Q1a: Are you in favor of the plan, damnit?

Obama says we haven’t seen the language of the plan yet and goes on the attack again. Too aggressive? At least he is wearing his lapel pin!

McCain says he will vote for the plan but basically brushes off the question. Seems a bit blase about seeing the crisis coming.

Jim Lehrer is a bit of a dork. Is he trying to increase the drama or run a debate?

Q2: Are there fundamental differences between the two candidates in how they would solve the economic problem?

McCain says we have to curb government spending. Mentions earmarking specifically. Studying DNA of bears? WTF is he talking about? Attacks Obama for wanting 900+ million for something.

Obama responds that McCain wants 300 billion in tax cuts for wealthy and corporations. Obama’s tax plan gives release to 90+% of people.

McCain just doesn’t look good. He points at the moderator very mechanically when he makes points and often laughs nervously.

Q3: What will you give up to pay for the economic bailout?

Obama says we have to have energy independence through alternative energy. Have to fix health care system. Education (science and technology!). Rebuild infrastructure and broadband lines. Electricity grid.

McCain says we have to cut spending. See Q2, apparently. Eliminate ethanol subsidies. Return defense spending? What? Need fixed cost contracts.

Obama insults Bush and McCain laughs. A bipartisan moment!

McCain says spending freeze is the answer except for defense and veterans. Obama says that is overkill. Obama finally plays the Iraq card.

McCain mentions climate change. Huh.

McCain doesn’t seem to have any message other than cutting spending.

Orgy of spending! Obamamania!

Q4: Lessons of Iraq.

McCain: Can’t have a failed strategy. Now we’re winning. Huzzah!

Obama: Should we have gone into war in the first place? Nope. Obama opposed war from the beginning. Didn’t finish job in Afghanistan. We’ve made things worse. And spending 10 billion a month. While Iraq as surplus. Have to use military wisely.

McCain is condescending towards Obama after having mistakes pointed out. That won’t play well. But he’s left-handed. How about that?

Q5: Afghanistan: More troops? How many and when?

Obama: Yes and as soon as possible. Safe havens in Pakistan.

McCain: Won’t make mistake of…ever leaving the middle east?

Oh sweet jesus something is moving inside of McCain’s face!

It sounds like McCain is making a lot of factually incorrect statements and accusations towards Obama. Hopefully there will be some fact-checking in the post-debate.

How many times now has McCain said that Obama doesn’t understand something? 10?

Q6: Iran.

McCain says Iran is a threat to Israel and region if they get nukes. A second holocaust? McCain wants to replace UN with a new league that doesn’t include anyone who opposes us.

Obama says Iran was made more powerful by war in Iraq. Tougher sanctions. Need support of Russia.

Q7: Russia.

Obama: Entire approach needs to be reassessed. Work with Russia.

McCain: Obama doesn’t understand. Over and over again. McCain is going to get hammered for this, I gotta think.

Q8: Likelihood of another 9/11.

McCain: Much less than it was at 9/11. Long way to go.

Obama: Safer in some ways. Airport security. Securing targets. Long way to go. Need port security. Terrorism spreading. Regain international respect.

Tough to call a winner here. Obama is a much better speaker and debater, but McCain’s foreign policy experience is very strong. If people believe that the war in Iraq is destroying the country, Obama should be declared the winner.

Thoughts?

Hilarious McCain/Palin Video!

September 17, 2008

LOL @ LisaNova – you funny, goofy, sexy bitch you!

Lisa’s latest spoof on McCain and Palin is hilarious! You should be able to enjoy this regardless of party affiliation.