Frager Factor

Wednesday, April 15, 2009

Did CNN just pay $1 million to a Twitter Squatter?

A couple days ago, actor Ashton Kutcher stated his goal to beat CNN to be the first Twitter user with a million followers. He promised to punk CNN founder Ted Turner if the Internet made it happen. Yesterday, CNN anchor Larry King fired back at Kutcher saying that one man couldn’t take down a whole network.

What’s really interesting about all of this is that the @cnnbrk account that Kutcher is racing against, isn’t even maintained by CNN. Notice how there are no links to CNN stories and the account is following one person? That person is James Cox, a San Francisco man who apparently created the account, as he points out in the comments, clearly wanting his due. Well, here it is James.

It has now been confirmed that Cox has now sold the CNN Twitter name to CNN for an undisclosed sum.

EA has upped its ante once again. Now, it is offering Kutcher’s 1 millionth Twitter follower a copy of every game it make in 2009 on top of a role in its Sims 3 game.

Twitter user NuMessiah has crunched the numbers and expects Kutcher to beat CNN to a million followers, and thinks that will happen in roughly 20 hours from now. He also points out that Kutcher has finally passed Britney Spears to move into second place on the follower list.

Unbelievable! Everyone is making fame and fortunes except Twitter. Like MySpace revisted.

Source: TechCrunch via

About The Author: Owen Frager is an Internet marketing expert ready to help take your company to the next level.

Contact Owen: Twitter | Google+ | Facebook | LinkedIn | Email