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Larry King or Ashton Kutcher: The Million Fan March

Posted by andreaitis on April 16, 2009

Larry King via Wikipedia; Ashton Kutcher via Flickr

Larry King via Wikipedia; Ashton Kutcher via Flickr

Really, all I have to do is put up these two pictures and you can imagine the thousand words.  Still, it’s worth repeating the battle that is surely creating warped pay-per-view visions in Vince McMahon’s mind.   Dreamy Ashton Kutcher and rickety-crickety CNN are each racing to get 1 million followers on Twitter.  I’m not really sure why or how this started (and I can’t say I care enough to bother looking it up) but there you have it.

But — as if this wasn’t dramatic enough — enter a NEW challenger.  A challenger, in fact, with a secret past that can rival stories of Larry and his Seven Wives, proving once again that it’s not necessarily who you are, but who other people think you might be.   We’ll just see who gets the last punk’d.

While Ashton Kutcher and CNN are trying to be the first to hit 1 million followers on Twitter, Joseph Frieschel, an inconspicuous Australian MD, is quickly catching up. Frieschel only opened his Twitter account last night, but he already has over 200,000 followers. How can this be? Well, it looks like the anonymous members of the infamous 4chan imageboard didn’t like the idea of either Kutcher or CNN breaking the 1 million follower barrier before they got a chance to make their presence felt.

4Chan Takes on Twitter

The choice of the fake user’s “real” name, username, avatar, and bio are typical examples of the kind of crass and often tasteless humor that runs rampant on anonymous forums like 4chan. The new Twitter account clearly refers to Joseph Fritzl, the Austrian who, unknown to the rest of his family, imprisoned his daughter in his house’s basement for 24 years until his double life finally unraveled last year.

Not all of the humor on 4chan is this crass, however. The site, after all, was also the breeding ground for popular Internet memes like Rickrolling and lolcats.

Operation Basement Dad: How 4Chan Could Beat CNN & Ashton Kutcher

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