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Billionaire helps celebrities bring their Twitter feeds back to life



tbd-kimkardashian113010.jpgIt looks like all those celebrity Twitter accounts that were temporarily dead have risen from the grave, since a benevolent rich guy helped put the Keep a Child Alive's Digital Death campaign for World AIDS Day over the $1 million mark. Great, that's all we need: zombie tweeters.

New York billionaire pharmaceutical exec Stewart Rahr heeded the call from late Monday, donating $500,000 to bring back the accounts of stars like Alicia Keys, Swizz Beatz, Kim and Khloe Kardashian, Lady Gaga, Justin Timberlake and Ryan Seacrest. That's good, because until he did that, they race to $1 million was plodding along, with only $450,000 or so in the bank after six days. Chances are pretty good that someone asked him to do it, too, since there was a lot of money being lost.

"Some stars thought the money would be raised in 24 hours, and were embarrassed that critics said it proves nobody cares about their Twitter presence," a source told the New York Post. Usher was the first to crack, restarting his account Sunday night. We gave Kim Kardashian until Wednesday, but since she reportedly makes $10,000 per sponsored tweet, we should have guessed earlier. Finally, a cause we can believe in! Celebrity greed, we mean, not AIDS awareness.


[Last modified: Tuesday, December 7, 2010 3:30pm]


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