“Up until today I have posted virtually everyone of my tweets on my own, but clearly the platform has become too big to be managed by a single individual,” Ashton Kutcher wrote in a blog post this morning, following up on his previous pledge to “stop tweeting I find a way to properly manage this feed.”
In the post, the actor/Twitter pioneer explained what led to last night’s controversial tweet protesting the firing of Penn State football coach Joe Paterno in the wake of a child sex abuse scandal in his staff. “I assumed that he had been fired due to poor performance as an aging coach,” Ashton writes on his blog, saying he’d just passed by the TV without seeing the whole story. Being the anti-human-trafficking advocate he is, he quickly learned what he’d stepped in. “Heard Joe was fired, fully recant previous tweet!” he wrote after getting a barrage of angry tweets. “Didn’t have full story. #admitwhenYoumakemistakes.”
Because he realized that his Twitter feed is much more than a fun toy, Ashton has already taken steps to fix his problem. “While I will continue to express myself through @Aplusk I’m going to turn the management of the feed over to my team at Katalyst Media to ensure the quality of its content,” his blog reads.
Ever since his much publicized race with CNN to reach 1 million followers, Ashton’s feed has been making headlines. Here are just a few of his most newsworthy Twitter moments of the past year:
March 2: “Ashton, you’ve been Punk’d. This account is not secure. Dude, where’s my SSL?” read a tweet after Ashton was apparently hacked. Bonus points for the old-school references, Mr. Hacker.
May 23: Ashton teams up with Ubermedia to launch A.plus, a Twitter client that allows you to preview the links in the tweets on your feed.
June 29: Ashton gets in a tweet war with the Village Voice, after the weekly ran an article stating he’d inflated numbers in his anti-trafficking campaign. “Hey @villagevoice speaking of data, maybe you can help me … How much $ did your ‘escorts’ in your classifieds on backpage make last year? Hey @villagevoice speaking of Data … How many of your girls selling themselves in your classifieds are you doing age verification on?”
September 29: “Don’t believe the hype,” he tweets, either in response to the rumors of his hot-tub tryst with Sara Leal, or just because he was excited to hear Public Enemy on Spotify. “When you ASSUME to know that which you know nothing of you make an ASS out of U and ME.” He and wife Demi Moore also apparently unfollowed each other for a minute.
October 21: Ashton posts a video to start “a dialogue on the state of honesty. The status of truth as it pertains to literature and media.” It’s either a thinly veiled attack on the media for spreading the story of his infidelity, or simply a philosophical discourse inspired by his Kabbalah study.
November 3: Ashton posts this photo of a baby giraffe. All may be forgiven.