CHICAGO — Oprah Winfrey sent her first "tweet" during a taping of her television talk show.
The audience cheered as Winfrey typed "ASHTON IS NEXT" on a laptop Friday morning and sent the message on the social networking site Twitter.
Winfrey was welcomed onto the site with messages from George Stephanopoulos, Ellen DeGeneres, Jimmy Fallon and Shaquille O'Neal. She noted that Ashton Kutcher had 1 million "followers" on the site, surpassing CNN, and spoke with the actor over Skype, an Internet communications service.
According to Twitter, Winfrey already has 75,000 followers, which are people who have requested to see her tweets.
Later in the show, she added tweets of thanks for the welcome and updates about her dog getting its rabies vaccine.