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Saturday, April 18, 2009

The Ashton Kutcher Twitter Challenge

Ashton Kutcher challenged news giant CNN recently to see who could be the first to 1 million followers. In true social media style, Kutcher's plea was spread across social media networks - all over YouTube, Facebook, MySpace and other sites. And again in true social media style, Kutcher was crowned the first Twitter subscriber to reach 1 million followers this week and his success has spread far and wide.

In his latest commentary on YouTube, Kutcher comments on what his success says about the future of social media and news. Check it out: Can social media be our next news agency? Will we be getting our news from our friends instead of from trusted sources in the very near future?

For those of us of a certain age, this may seem like heresy, but for the youth among us this is a no-brainer. Why turn on the TV and watch broadcast news, when I can look down at my phone and get the scoop on what's happening in my world at the touch of a screen? I believe the key here is "my world." Although social media has broadened our instant reach across the world, it may have also narrowed our view of what really goes on in the world today.

What do you think?

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