Did the media really screw up Twitter? That's what actor Ashton Kutcher suggested when he spoke at the recent CTIA 2013 wireless conference.
"Twitter's experience has changed for me, pretty drastically. It used to be sort of a personalized, experience for me, a really personal experience that I could share. I think for lack of a better verb, I think the media kind of f***ed it up," Kutcher said on Thursday. "I think retweeting hurt Twitter the most."
Kutcher complained of how Twitter has become a marketing tool. However, according to CNET, the actor did concede that he, too, was guilty of the behavior that he's complaining about.
The actor played a key role in making the micro-blogging site a household name. In 2009, Kutcher led the charge to gain a massive following on Twitter, when actor challenged CNN to see who would get 1 million followers first.
Kutcher was one of the first celebrities to embrace Twitter and use it as a tool for communicating with fans. While Twitter was already popular at the time, the trend of celebrities joining and gaining millions of followers was just beginning.
Kutcher also talked about how Facebook is affecting personal relationships and its role in people's lives.
"The new religion is Facebook," Kutcher said. "It's a deeper trust bond that I have with someone. And so if we can leverage these social connections into peer-to-peer distributed networks, I'd trust that network, which is my network, more than that guy that I don't know that is of a religion that I don't know."
The CTIA 2013 wireless conference was held in Las Vegas from May 20-23.