Thursday, May 28, 2009

Ashton Kutcher All A-Twitter (or "To Tweet, or Not to Tweet" & Twitter Terror)

Ashton Kutcher -- Twitter's golden boy with over 2 million followers -- is threatening to silence his tweets.  This, because he is feeling threatened himself.

Why?  Because Twitter is a great way to tell the world where anyone is at precisely that moment in time -- especially celebrities.  Someone sees Ashton Kutcher in a bar?  They can tweet that, and not only the paparazzi has an instant catch, so do potential stalkers.  Ba-da-boom, the power of knowledge.  And, the potential for abuse -- what I call, "Twitter Terror."  

What triggered this Twitter Terror for Ashton Kutcher were reports that Twitter itself -- the company -- had partnered with TV producers to develop a reality show that would "put ordinary people on the trail of celebrities in a revolutionary competitive format."  

While Kutcher certainly is a media hound, his concerns are justifiable and real.  Nothing like Twitter officially sanctioning the transformation of ordinary people into paparazzi ... or worse.