Oprah to Tweet on Friday’s Show


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By Sterling “Chip” Camden
Contributing Writer, [GAS]

What’s the big news that Evan Williams, CEO of Twitter, hinted at earlier todayOprah Winfrey will tweet for the first time on tomorrow’s Oprah show, which will feature famed tweeter Ashton KutcherHer account is already active, and as of this writing she has 32,607 followers – increasing at the rate of about 15 with every browser refresh.

We can confidently project that after tomorrow’s show airs:

  • That number will skyrocket
  • So will the number of Twitter users (especially in a certain demographic)
  • So will the number of people following Ashton Kutcher – he’ll probably bounce right over the million follower mark.
  • So will the number of times Twitter goes down.

Regardless of what you may think of Oprah, she has an amazing power to lead her followers (pun intended) en masse into any activity that she promotes on her show.  Unless she has something negative to say about Twitter, this may be the moment when Twitter becomes a household word for more than just the social-media-savvy Internet population.  Provided, of course, that Twitter avoids turning off too many of these new users with its legendary failures, signaled by the arrival of the Fail Whale.  There’s even a Fail Whale Fan Club, “Celebrating Twitter and our favorite error page cetacean.”

As Veronica Sopher said:

Forget the whale.  it’s shark jumping time.

Is this Twitter’s big intro?  Or will it be all over once the fat lady tweets?





14 Responses to Oprah to Tweet on Friday’s Show

  1. Oh good gods. Twitter is not ready for the amount of stupid that's going to sign up once Oprah "introduces Twitter to the world" (like all the other "new" trends she finds).

    It reminds me of the old days of AOL. I used to work as a chat host for AOL in the late 90s and we always DREADED the month or so after Christmas, when all the people who just "Oh my God, got the INTERNET" would make our lives a living hell.

    So… I guess the question is this. What will you be doing in the aftermath of the Great Oprah Twitter Crash of 2009?

    I'm pondering a glass of wine…

  2. Oh good gods. Twitter is not ready for the amount of stupid that’s going to sign up once Oprah “introduces Twitter to the world” (like all the other “new” trends she finds).

    It reminds me of the old days of AOL. I used to work as a chat host for AOL in the late 90s and we always DREADED the month or so after Christmas, when all the people who just “Oh my God, got the INTERNET” would make our lives a living hell.

    So… I guess the question is this. What will you be doing in the aftermath of the Great Oprah Twitter Crash of 2009?

    I’m pondering a glass of wine…