At the time, Ashton had 842,550 people following his Twitter feed, while CNN had 897,969 followers.
"I didn't realize there were that many people following," he said in a YouTube video. "That's kind of crazy."
Then, Ashton threw down the gauntlet. He asked Internet users to sign up for Twitter and help him beat CNN to the 1 million mark. "If I beat CNN to a million followers, I will literally go and ding-dong ditch Ted Turner's house while I'm in Atlanta," he said. "I will video it, and I will post the video of me ding-dong ditching Ted Turner's house."