Oprah Winfrey is coming to Twitter:
It is the universal sign of a new idea going mainstream: Oprah Winfrey is bestowing her endorsement on Twitter.
The woman who can single-handedly send a new product or book flying off the shelves has just joined Twitter. She has not yet written a tweet, but more than 30,000 followers have already signed up to follow her every 140-character thought, and the number is growing. Rumor has it she will write her first tweet on Friday, when she is dedicating her show to Twitter. (It airs at 4 p.m. Eastern time — check your local listings here for details on viewing the show in your area.)
Ashton Kutcher will be on the show, according to Oprah’s Web site. He is one of Twitter’s most active celebrity twitterers and will likely talk about his race with CNN to be the first to get a million followers.
Maybe Evan Williams, Twitter’s chief executive, will be on the show, too. He mysteriously twittered this message this morning: “Tomorrow just became a very big day. (Sorry for the teaser — more later.)” The blogs went wild. An acquisition? A partnership with Google? An update on his wife’s pregnancy?
More likely, an appearance on Oprah.
Followed, I think we can expect, by a whole new wave of Tweerers