May 1st, 2009
04:00 PM ET

Time 100: Ashton Kutcher on The Twitter Guys

Program Note: Tune in tonight to see the Time 100/Anderson Cooper 360° Special: The World's Most Influential People at 11 p.m. ET.

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Ashton Kutcher
For Time

Years from now, when historians reflect on the time we are currently living in, the names Biz Stone and Evan Williams will be referenced side by side with the likes of Samuel Morse, Alexander Graham Bell, Guglielmo Marconi, Philo Farnsworth, Bill Gates and Steve Jobs — because the creation of Twitter by Stone, 35 (right), Williams, 37, and Jack Dorsey, 32 (not pictured), is as significant and paradigm-shifting as the invention of Morse code, the telephone, radio, television or the personal computer.

In a sea of Web 2.0 technologies, Twitter — the microblogging service that restricts each entry, or tweet, to 140 characters — has managed to transcend basic instant messaging and social networking. It is a new and completely original form of communication that has gained worldwide adoption and captured the imaginations of people at every level of media interest or influence.


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  1. Suzi

    Ashton Ashton Ashton, get a hold of yourself. Your sense of the importance of Twitter is as distorted as Hollywood types like you have your own inflated self importance. Twitter is like spam filling the world with mediocrity, where narcissists can think that there every twitter of a thought is of some importance to the masses. Get real. Its a fad, its not Google, its not some great invention, its well hyped by celebs like yourself but its just a waste of time and space and www, if you ask me.

    May 1, 2009 at 4:26 pm |