Things have only gotten worse for Twitter darling Ashton Kutcher since he offended his 8 million followers with a sympathetic Joe Paterno tweet on Wednesday night. After receiving a lot of Internet hate for the tone deaf tweet — "How do you fire Jo Pa? #insult #noclass as a hawkeye fan I find it in poor taste" — Kutcher tweeted that he was taking a break from the social network. He later announced his pseudo-resignation from the social networking site, turning his handle @Aplusk over to a "management team." The initial Paterno tweet might have outraged some of Kutcher's 8 million followers, but this resignation isn't exactly making the statement he hoped. It's just making him look like a baby.
Kutcher claims he's calling it quits because his own "platform has become to big to be managed by a single individual," and that Twitter in general had become a "publishing platform" for gossip, rumors and "volatile fodder for critics." Basically, Twitter's the one that's changed, not him. Not only does that not make sense -- Twitter has always been a "publishing platform," -- but Kutcher's not too convincing. (And, the typos really don't help.) Kutcher, Gizmodo's Mat Honan believes, is really calling it quits because his feelings got hurt and he doesn't want to deal with it. "Bullshit, Ashton. You weren't 'spreading gossip or rumors' through your Twitter feed. There was no 'misinformation.' You were voicing an opinion that turned out to be unpopular," he writes. Kutcher's feelings got hurt, so he's throwing in the towel.
And Honan's not the only one to pick up on this subtext. Joining in, others are calling his behavior "cowardly," brainless, and childish. As anyone who writes things on the web knows, it's a mean place. Kutcher needs to get over it, just like the rest of us. This is the Internet. Kutcher needs to man up. "But what Mr. Kutcher needs to realize is the internet has trolls and angry people on it, because the internet is made up of people from all over the world," offers fellow Internet publisher, The Next Web's Drew Olanaff. "When you have 8 million followers, you’re bound to irritate someone with almost every click of a post."
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