By Simon Vozick-Levinson
Updated April 17, 2009 at 05:01 PM EDT
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So, how are you celebrating the giant leap forward humanity took this morning? Or haven’t you heard? Didn’t you set up an alert to be sent to your phone at the precise instant when Ashton Kutcher became the first ever Twitterer to accrue 1,000,000 followers, leaving CNN Breaking News in the dust? It happened at 2:13 a.m. ET, according to the real-time tracker that the Huffington Post actually set up for this event. Make no mistake, this was a very, very important moment for us all. Take it from Ashton himself: Today we decide if we want gatekeepers for social thought or democratization of media.” And: Why R they pushing so hard if this doesn’t mean anything? It’s a changing of the guard.” Also: I feel like I’m directing an episode of punk’d.” I think George Washington once said that all great revolutions feel like directing an episode of Punk’d.

Of course, CNN also hit the crucial 1,000,000-follower mark just half an hour after Ashton, and they’re back to tweeting about Swedish legal rulings and stuff. So I’m not sure what that says about the whole “changing of the guard” thing. Maybe I’ll be able to understand this historic turning point better when Ashton goes on Oprah today to talk about Twitter. (Oprah’s even rumored to be getting a Twitter account of her own. How will we possibly be able to measure the importance of that? A race to 10 million followers?!) Or maybe you can help explain it to me. Who were you rooting for in this epic battle? Did you follow either Ashton or CNN along the way? And now that it’s all over, are you planning on continuing to follow them?

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