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Live, interactive, special edition "Piers Morgan Tonight": Martha Stewart, Cory Booker, Twitter founders and more
March 29th, 2011
03:14 PM ET

Live, interactive, special edition "Piers Morgan Tonight": Martha Stewart, Cory Booker, Twitter founders and more

Hundreds of millions of people around the world use Twitter – to talk, to learn, to interact. But what is the appeal? Why have celebrities like Martha Stewart and Alyssa Milano, award-winning journalists like Nick Kristof, and rising star politicians like Cory Booker, embraced the service to the point where they now speak to millions of users a day?

You'll find out tonight on a live, interactive, special edition "Piers Morgan Tonight" – when these guests and more join Piers Morgan (a self-proclaimed Twitter addict himself). He'll interview them as well as two founders of the sky-rocketing service.

Live at 9pmET, Piers interviews Biz Stone and Jack Dorsey, two young executives who founded Twitter just five years ago and have branched out far beyond the reaches of the tweet. How did they come up with the idea for Twitter – and did they ever imagine it would play such an integral role in the lives of Egyptian and Iranian protesters, or Oscar viewers, or news consumers?

Milano, Stewart, Booker and Kristof have taken to the service in a big way – and for vastly different reasons. How did Cory Booker find Newark residents to dig out of a snowstorm? Twitter. How did Nick Kristof report from foreign countries when phone and TV weren't an option? Twitter. Where can you get a sneak peek into the life, and kitchen, of Martha Stewart? Twitter. Where did Alyssa Milano announce the gender of her baby? Twitter. Wall Street Journal reporter Katie Rosman will also be a guest – she recently wrote about the way Twitter has consumed, and in some cases over-consumed, her life.

And Piers Morgan himself has used Twitter in innovative and unique ways – beginning with announcing his show's launch date on Twitter, live-tweeting his interview premiere show with Oprah Winfrey, and playing out dozens of "feuds" for all to see. (We'll also have the latest on Libya, from @AmbassadorRice – Susan Rice – and @NicRobertsonCNN.)

If you've never used Twitter, or if you're an addict like Piers, this fascinating phenomenon, as told by those who use it regularly, will be explored for the hour tonight, in front of a live studio audience. And you can participate too – send your tweets during the show using the hashtags #Piers and #OnlyOnTwitter (to tell something that could have ONLY happened on Twitter) or just tweet about @PiersMorgan, @PiersTonight or something you see from one of our guests. We'll incorporate your questions and comments throughout the show – the first fully-interactive cable news experience.

Tune in live at 9pmET (and repeated at MidnightET) and, of course, follow Piers and the show on Twitter.

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  1. Viewer

    So lame.

    March 29, 2011 at 1:49 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • Erika

      You too tired of seeing Justin Bieber perma-trending? :)

      Since it was Twitter's 5th birthday a couple of weeks ago, a bunch of places put together a top 10 list of all-time tweets, and with all the silly stuff that happens on that site, it's easy to forget how revolutionary it's been until you stop and look at how twitter's impacted the world over the past 5 years.

      Like remember how the Google guy in Egypt used Facebook and Twitter to organize the protests that eventually went on to put sufficient pressure on Mubarak that he resigned after 30 years? Everybody acknowledges that this uprising would not have been possible if not for the ability for people to organize and disseminate information in real-time en masse through the use of social networking.

      And apparently a comedian wound up amassing such a following on twitter that he was able to have a book published which led to him being offered a television series.

      Should be interesting!

      http://abcnews.go.com/Technology/happy-5th-birthday-twitter-10-top-tweets-past/story?id=13169968&page=2

      PS Charmed was one of my most favorite shows ever! Yay Alyssa! :)

      March 29, 2011 at 2:51 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • HybridDrive

      Big names use twitter because they have SMALL MINDS.

      March 29, 2011 at 10:01 pm | Report abuse | Reply
      • Dreama

        Now that\'s sbutle! Great to hear from you.

        December 24, 2011 at 9:20 pm | Report abuse |
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        December 25, 2011 at 3:32 am | Report abuse |
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        December 26, 2011 at 3:23 pm | Report abuse |
    • Shawn

      Deregulation of the banks and Wallstreet, starting with Regan. During the depression we placed three new rules in place that worked for 50 years. When Corp. America was allowed to bet against itself with hedge funds. Your right there are 10's of Millions of U.S..

      October 25, 2011 at 9:33 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  2. Sabine

    How much longer will we have to listen to him.Why is he not working for Trump.They have the same unpleasantpersonality ?

    March 29, 2011 at 2:27 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  3. xxfireboy

    Born in Kenya?>!
    Ask your congressman to ask Obama
    "Where the real birth certificate"?
    If he is not qualified so is everything he
    singed from day one!/!

    Obama
    "Where is the real birth certificate"?

    March 29, 2011 at 4:29 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • Pathetic Birther

      Here is another pathetic birther who cannot put together a grammatically correct sentence and yet we are supposed to believe that you know where the president was born or if what he is singing, er, I mean signing, is legal. Would you be making claims about McCain had he won the election?

      March 29, 2011 at 9:09 pm | Report abuse | Reply
      • jelwood

        I believe he meant what he said when he stated "singing". It's all just a democratic song and dance act anyway!

        March 29, 2011 at 9:27 pm | Report abuse |
      • LOJayWest

        Well, just show him the real birth certificate and we're done with it.

        March 29, 2011 at 10:03 pm | Report abuse |
    • Alfie Wace

      Would love a re-play of this show on YouTube or some other vehicle! Great show and powerfully important information Piers!

      March 29, 2011 at 10:32 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  4. Name*Emily Brittain

    What a great concept for a show! I'm still unsure why more people don't use it. Eh, just for a to show not all internet users are social. Sounds like you have a great panel lined up & I'll definitely be watching!

    March 29, 2011 at 6:26 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  5. Leanne Daly

    Hi I'm really interested in watching Piers' interview with Alyssa Milano but I'm confused about what time it's on in the UK, 9pm ET so that makes it 2pm my time but it says 8pm on Twitter, please clarify for me

    March 29, 2011 at 6:54 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  6. Barbara

    Why limit this to only twitter. The uprisings in the middle east were largely fueled by tech- savvy young people on facebook and many of us created a network of support for the people on FB. Some of the news stories out there have referred to this "facbook revolution". Soooo... why is tonite's program only for twitter users. I'm just sayin.. If you want to make it for social media in general you'd find a much bigger audience. Facebook is great too. :-)

    March 29, 2011 at 8:33 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  7. N howard

    Sanders compiled a list of some of some of the 10 worst corporate income tax avoiders.

    1) Exxon Mobil made $19 billion in profits in 2009. Exxon not only paid no federal income taxes, it actually received a $156 million rebate from the IRS, according to its SEC filings.

    2) Bank of America received a $1.9 billion tax refund from the IRS last year, although it made $4.4 billion in profits and received a bailout from the Federal Reserve and the Treasury Department of nearly $1 trillion.

    3) Over the past five years, while General Electric made $26 billion in profits in the United States, it received a $4.1 billion refund from the IRS.

    4) Chevron received a $19 million refund from the IRS last year after it made $10 billion in profits in 2009.

    5) Boeing, which received a $30 billion contract from the Pentagon to build 179 airborne tankers, got a $124 million refund from the IRS last year.

    6) Valero Energy, the 25th largest company in America with $68 billion in sales last year received a $157 million tax refund check from the IRS and, over the past three years, it received a $134 million tax break from the oil and gas manufacturing tax deduction.

    7) Goldman Sachs in 2008 only paid 1.1 percent of its income in taxes even though it earned a profit of $2.3 billion and received an almost $800 billion from the Federal Reserve and U.S. Treasury Department.

    8) Citigroup last year made more than $4 billion in profits but paid no federal income taxes. It received a $2.5 trillion bailout from the Federal Reserve and U.S. Treasury.

    9) ConocoPhillips, the fifth largest oil company in the United States, made $16 billion in profits from 2007 through 2009, but received $451 million in tax breaks through the oil and gas manufacturing deduction.

    10) Over the past five years, Carnival Cruise Lines made more than $11 billion in profits, but its federal income tax rate during those years was just 1.1 percent.

    March 29, 2011 at 8:38 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  8. Barbara Armour

    I am not a fan of Piers Morgan...I was a fan of Larry King! Piers has little charm and his questions of guests are not interesting or entertaining. I think CNN Management liked the idea of somebody with a British accent...WRONG! We have much talent in USA...why import? Please reconsider Piers as a host for USA TV...he belongs in Britain...please send him back! Most sincerely,Barbara Armour(longtime FAN of CNN)

    March 29, 2011 at 8:40 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  9. Dennis Andrews

    Greetings from Idaho
    I am brand new to the Twitter community. I continue to have diffuculty understanding how it works, specifically are my tweets seen by those I follow? I am watching CNN "Piers Morgan" Twitter special.

    March 29, 2011 at 9:10 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • Erika

      Dennis, they'll only see your tweets in their feed if they follow you back – hope this helps! Good luck! :)

      March 30, 2011 at 12:40 am | Report abuse | Reply
  10. Rudy

    Watching my great Mayor Cory Booked on Piers Morgan .

    March 29, 2011 at 9:16 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  11. joseph cecil smith

    this is hyping up twitter, because it's not that great.

    March 29, 2011 at 9:20 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  12. jelwood

    Morgan and Cowell are just foreigners who have bought their way onto stage. It would appear that the media is now dictating to us who we will like and not.

    March 29, 2011 at 9:29 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  13. Will

    No one with half a brain believes that posts like "I am brand new to the Twitter community. I continue to have diffuculty understanding how it works, specifically are my tweets seen by those I follow? I am watching CNN "Piers Morgan" Twitter special" are even remotely real. How insulting! How stupid does CNN think we are??

    March 29, 2011 at 9:34 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  14. Someone in STL

    How does Tweeter plan to make money? Do they have a business model that will make their endeavor at least self-sustaining?

    March 29, 2011 at 9:49 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • Shawn

      Are you serious? It's NSA funded, it's how the 1% track you and your thoughts.....

      October 25, 2011 at 9:42 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  15. lchin

    TWITTER ME THIS, TWITTER ME THAT HAIKU:
    I’m a movie star
    Soon to be a shooting star
    I’m all a twitter

    March 29, 2011 at 9:50 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  16. Alfie Wace

    Would love a re-play of this show on YouTube or some other vehicle! Great show and powerfully important information Piers!

    March 29, 2011 at 10:33 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  17. Nirvana

    Some of you people are so stupid for asking for Obama's birth certificate. Do you think America would let anyone become a President before meeting all the requirements? And do you think a President of the United States have to answer to you low life creature? Get real!!! Since when do a President of the USA have to answer to any ignorance common people like yourself?

    March 29, 2011 at 10:42 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  18. Frank

    Like the non existent WMD in Iraq, we were given a partial quote from Gaddafi as the reason for attaching Libya. Agreed that Gaddafi is an awful dictator and should not be defended or condoned in any way but it seems that
    what goes on in Libya is more of an armed rebellion than a peaceful revolution. And again, the wall has been pulled over our eyes, taking one part of Geddafi speech "we shall show no mercy" instead of the entire quote that was
    someting along the lines: "Muammar Gaddafi told Libyan rebels on Thursday his armed forces were coming to their capital Benghazi tonight and would not show any mercy to fighters who resisted them. He told Benghazi residents that soldiers would search every house in the city and people who had no arms had no reason to fear.

    "It's over ... We are coming tonight," he said. "You will come out from inside. Prepare yourselves from tonight. We will find you in your closets."

    In Benghazi, live footage on Al Jazeera television showed hundreds of defiant Libyan rebels gathered in the central square waving the tricolour flag of the monarchy era in a rally after Gaddafi's speech was broadcast.

    In the speech, the Libyan leader denounced the rebels and said: "We will show no mercy and no pity to them".

    He also told his troops not to pursue any rebels who drop their guns and flee when government forces reach the city.

    It was not clear whether any government attack would actually follow the short speech.

    Rebels have scoffed at the reports, saying they proved the Libyan army was not strong enough to attack.

    Will the real Pier Morgan stand up and quote the speach in the right content?

    March 29, 2011 at 11:37 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  19. Erika

    @jack and @biz must be very private – I looked the up on Wikipedia and there's hardly more than a starter page. Is that all there's known about them? Very fascinating that they came up with this idea, and it's grown to be this integral part of so many peoples' lives (both silly and revolutionary).

    March 30, 2011 at 12:14 am | Report abuse | Reply
  20. HelenHull102951

    Really, you call this a special edition? With all the crap going on in this world this is the best you can do? Don't get it, just don't get it!! Another thing, why is it that the media can't or won't go out to the field and find a couple of stories that show the (GOOD) in the world instead of everything that is bad or wrong in the world? Don't you people understand that always reporting the ugly in the world is a "MORAL BUSTER" for your readers?

    March 30, 2011 at 6:16 am | Report abuse | Reply
  21. Rose Grady

    Please, please, please send Piers Morgan back to Britain. He is so rude to his guests, constantly interrupting them before they have given an answer. He is hurting CNN and viewers don't like him. He has no business interviewing or taking part in American political concerns.

    March 30, 2011 at 4:02 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  22. Pam Lambert, Johannesburg, South Africa

    I was appalled to watch somebodly with money and clearly no brains killing an elephant in Zimbabwe and saying that it will feed a lot of people!

    If America intervened and got President Mugabe off the 'throne' which they do everywhere else in the world, there will be no need to kill elephants to feed people hungry people. Thre is no oil, so they did nothing.

    Due to the fact that there is a lack of education in Zimbabwe there is firstly an overpopulation that cannot be fed for the infrastructure has been destroyed.

    Elephants have a very special family unit and it is a sin to kill them. Their land has been used to plant crops on but due to over population the people infiringe on their territory. They have a right to be there!

    Get rid of Mugabe and allow a new regime to fix which once was a beautiful country with wonderful people and there will be no need to kill wild animals who cannot defend themselves against a gun.

    April 3, 2011 at 6:44 am | Report abuse | Reply
  23. Larry Miller

    hahaha....half these comments make absolutely no sense!

    August 12, 2011 at 12:40 am | Report abuse | Reply
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