Ashton Kutcher does NOT like how Twitter is being used these days. He’s mostly blaming (everyone’s scapegoat) the media, but he’s not pleased with YOU either.
It used to be fun, but now, according to Kutcher “it’s just a bunch of companies and people constantly pitching crap.”
But we smell another reason for this star’s dissatisfaction.
“The bigger vision for Twitter when Jack [Dorsey] created it was to empower communication to happen as things were taking place,” Kutcher said.
Granted, the “breaking news” part needs a bit of work, but it’s still a valuable resource – and certainly “empowers communication,” assuming one’s bullshit antennae is firmly intact.
And when it comes to current events, well it takes mere minutes to see what the world is talking about you. That’s both great and depressing (if one looks too closely at trending topics).
We wonder if maybe Ashton isn’t having a delayed sour grapes reaction to his very public embarrassment when he sent an ill-advised tweet about Penn State – remember that?
He tweeted to his 8 million followers, “How do you fire Jo Pa? as a hawkeye fan I find it in poor taste,” along with the hash tags #insult and #noclass.
Kutcher (somehow) didn’t realize Jerry Sandusky was being fired for child rape.
He thought Paterno was being fired for poor performance and for being ancient. When he realized the actual horrifying reason the next day, he deleted the tweet, writing: “As an advocate in the fight against child sexual exploitation, I could not be more remorseful for all involved in the Penn St. case. As of immediately I will stop tweeting until I find a way to properly manage this feed. I feel awful about this error. Won’t happen again.”
So maybe THAT’s the reason he hates “the media” sharing all that news and stuff. It’s much easier to tweet to the uninformed masses, we imagine. Less hassle, for sure.
But Kutcher isn’t entirely negative about Twitter. “Kutcher said he believes the social network will improve over time, however. He thinks the next phase of Twitter will be smart, connected appliances that tweet. For example, coffee machines could tweet to let users know when their coffee is done.”
It’s already there though, telling parents when diapers are wet (thanks, Huggies) and we’re sure more things like that are soon to follow.
What would be GREAT though would be a filter of some sort that alerted users to current events when they typed certain keywords, so they wouldn’t tweet stupid things and then go on a misguided rage rant out of embarrassment.
What would you like to see?
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