Obama’s tweets hit milestone, but Ashton is the twitterer-in-chief
President Barack Obama may be the leader of the free world, but actor Ashton Kutcher is the king of twitter and pop princess Britney Spears is, er, its princess.
Obama’s twitter feed recently attracted its 3 millionth follower, which was announced with this tweet — “As we kick off 2010, our Twitter community has grown to over 3 million. I continue to be grateful for your partnership as we work for change” — on Monday afternoon.
The development made Obama’s feed — actually run by the Democratic Party’s National Committee — only the fourth ever to garner such attention. But he still remains far behind the leaders, the Hill newspaper noted on its “Twitter Room” blog. They each have 4 million followers, the blog said, citing TwitterCounter .
Of course, Kutcher sends his own tweets, of which he wrote: ”I make stuff, actually I make up stuff, stories mostly, collaborations of thoughts, dreams and actions. Thats me.” Recent samples of Kutcher’s missives — which can be up to 140 characters long — include a link to a “sick” snowboarding video, a short thank you note to his vacation (“Dear, Vacation You were amazing. Thank you, Ashton.”) and the observation “Hung over yoga hurts.”
Obama’s are less colorful. Recent tweets include a link to his address on the botched Christmas Day airplane bombing attack, best wishes to everyone celebrating Kwanzaa and Christmas and the notice on Dec. 24 that the Senate had just passed healthcare reform.
The president also admitted recently that he has actually never twittered. In November, during his trip to China, Obama told a group of Chinese students, ”My thumbs are too clumsy to type in things on the phone,” he said.
Photo credit: Actor Ashton Kutcher reads responses to his tweets to promote volunteerism during the Entertainment Industry Foundation press conference in New York, September 10, 2009. REUTERS/Brendan McDermid and U.S. President Barack Obama is pictured wearing his Blackberry communications device as he watches as his youngest daughter Sasha play soccer at the Boys and Girls club in Washington May 16, 2009. REUTERS/Yuri Gripas