The Million Follower Man: Kutcher Celebrates Twitter Victory For World To See

“It’s the Web vs. the world, people!”

At 2:13amET today, Ashton Kutcher (@APlusK) successfully defeated CNN (@CNNBrk) in his quest to be the first Twitter member to reach 1 million followers (the contest was for charity).

After a late push by CNN to take the lead — an on-air promo for the Twitter feed — Kutcher took to his version of “on-air”: Ustream.tv. For nearly two hours, Kutcher live-streamed from his house, featuring special guest appearances from his wife, Demi Moore (@MrsKutcher), Soleil Moon Frye (@MoonFrye) and a phone call from Diddy (@IAmDiddy).

“Today we have done something extraordinarily special…You guys are all of it, because I can’t follow me,” he said after the victory. “I don’t even count. There are a million people that need to be thanked for this, and I’m not one of them.”

The final minutes of Kutcher’s live-stream are below. At 11:30 — Diddy’s phone call, at 18:15 — victory:

Webcam chat at Ustream

• Broadcasting & Cable’s Alex Weprin writes about how CNN.com looked early this morning, and a tipster points out that CNN sent a 6amET email “news” alert. As of now, CNN.com still has it as a latest news item: “Kutcher hands CNN its lunch” (You can even buy it as a CNN.com shirt!)

Greta Van Susteren weighed in on the “humiliation” of it all on Gretawire (as she often does).

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