It’s time to welcome some of your favorite celebrity tweeters back to the land of the living.
Last week, several celebs temporarily signed off their Twitter accounts and Facebook pages to help raise $1 million for Alicia Keys’ Keep a Child Alive organization. They proclaimed their own Digital Deaths last Wednesday on World AIDS Day and met their goal Monday (December 6). Some stars began tweeting immediately.
The idea was hatched by Keys, and she and other celebs urged their fans to buy back their online lives by texting the first name of the celebrity they miss on social media the most to contribute to the cause.
“From the bottom of my heart, thank you to all of the fans, friends and artists who joined this cause,” Keys said in a statement. “I’m incredibly inspired by all of the donations that have been made to help us achieve our goal and so humbled by the outpour of support from everyone.”
Now that the tweeting ban has been lifted, celebrities including Keys, Lady Gaga, Kim Kardashian, Ryan Seacrest, Justin Timberlake, Usher, Jennifer Hudson, Khloé Kardashian, Lenny Kravitz, Jay Sean , Swizz Beatz, Serena Williams and Janelle Monáe are now back to using the popular online social-networking sites.
The organization received a big boost from billionaire and philanthropist Stewart Rahr, who matched $500,000 in funds raised by the public who donated to the cause.
“Although we never expected to raise $1 million overnight, we are completely blown away that we were able to achieve our goal in less than a week. We are moved by the many generous donations and by the amount of support we’ve received from the public,” said Leigh Blake, the co-founder of the organization. “Over 3,600 people have joined the fight and sacrificed their own digital lives for this important cause, and we intend to continue this movement.”
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