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May. 26 2009 - 5:21 pm | 7 views | 0 recommendations | 2 comments

Ashton Kutcher gets Punk’d by Twitter creators… but can’t give up the tweeting

Ashton Kutcher @ Demi Moore

Ashton Kutcher and Demi Moore like tweeting, but don

There may be no more tweets for the nearly 2 million people following Ashton Kutcher (a.k.a. aplusk) on Twitter. AplusK has gone silent after reports of a reality TV show that would exploit celebrity Twitter feeds.

Ashton Kutcher — Twitter’s top tweeter — warned he may pull the plug on his tweeting if the micro-blogging service partners on a reality TV show.

“It’s all fun and games until somebody gets stalked,” Kutcher wrote in a Twitter posting late Monday.

via Kutcher threatens to stop Twittering – CNN.com.

Variety Magazine reported Monday that a reality TV show is in the works that would challenge participants to stalk celebrities via their Twitter feeds.

What’s Twitter doing? Going after a TV series.

The San Francisco-based web phenom has partnered with Reveille and Brillstein Entertainment to develop an unscripted TV skein described as “putting ordinary people on the trail of celebrities in a revolutionary competitive format.”

via Twitter, Brillstein develop TV series – Entertainment News, TV News, Media – Variety.

Is Kutcher as dimwitted as was his character Michael Kelso in That 70s Show?

Why did it take the development of a reality TV show to make him aware of the fact that his Twitter feed makes him highly trackable?

While Kutcher has used Twitter as a direct way to communicate with fans — upstaging tabloids and the paparazzi — he tweeted to one fan Monday his reasons for opposing the TV show idea.

“Um how about … I don’t want to be stalked!!!” Kutcher tweeted.

via Kutcher threatens to stop Twittering – CNN.com.

Wow, I didn’t think I’d see a day when publicity hound Kutcher would actually be worried about getting too much attention.

UPDATE: AplusK could not stay away. After a sweet tweetless 24 hour period, he has resumed giving the world his updates. Around 10 p.m. EST tonight, he admitted, “Ok now I feel like a teeneage girl I take it back. I take take it back! Damn you 140 characters of streaming consiousness.”


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    I didn’t think his hiatus would last long (even though I don’t follow him on Twitter). People who need so many followers can’t be without the attention; why else would he have held a contest in gaining more followers?

    As far as the TV deal, it doesn’t sound too far off from the now infamous Gawker Stalker ordeal from a while back. If celebrities are so concerned about privacy, maybe they shouldn’t tweet where they’re currently eating, working out, or which club they’re going to hit up at night. Then again, that doesn’t really stop the star-struck who say things like, “omg i’m at whole foods on arroyo pkwy and ben affleck is here with jen!”

    Social networks are great in that celebrities get to interact with their fans, but sometimes it takes away from the allure of celebrity.

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