Tuesday, December 7, 2010

$10,000 per tweet

Last week I wrote about the smug celebrities who "killed themselves" (committed suicide?) for an AIDS charity, in an effort to raise $1 million from the hoi polloi. Things weren't going as well as they might have hoped; it was taking a long time for them to raise that magical sum. Well, the "frustrated" celebrities -- after all, they were doing this for the children -- finally got one person to pony up $500,000 to "resurrect" them.
Celebrities were so frustrated with the time it took to raise $1 million for Keep a Child Alive's "Digital Death" campaign, they persuaded a wealthy savior to give them $500,000 so they could get back on Twitter.

Brooklyn-born billionaire pharmaceutical executive Stewart Rahr donated $500,000 yesterday to meet the $1 million goal, thereby resuscitating Alicia Keys, Swizz Beatz, Kim and Khloe Kardashian, Lady Gaga, Justin Timberlake, Ryan Seacrest, Daphne Guinness and others on Twitter and Facebook.
Ha.

But a little later in the story, there's this:
Sources said the organization expected to raise the $1 million in a week. But by yesterday, after six days, it had taken in only about $450,000. Stars including Kim Kardashian, who can earn about $10,000 a tweet, started getting itchy fingers.
Wait a second what?

$10,000 a tweet? Apparently so.
Some might question her apparent celebrity status, however Kim Kardashian certainly seems to have acquired some pulling power.

According to a report out this week, the U.S. socialite allegedly commands up to $10,000 (£6,300) for every tweet she posts on her Twitter account as part of her contract with in-stream advertising company Ad.ly.

Kim, 29, is the highest earner on the company's books and the most popular on their roster of celebrity tweeters.
Not only that -- my old nemesis, Dr. Drew Pinsky, is apparently a paid tweeter:
The former best friend of Paris Hilton currently has over 2million followers on Twitter and Ad.ly have put her tweeting services up for hire alongside U.S. stars such as Lauren Conrad and Dr. Drew.
The full list of celebrities whose tweets can be bought can be found here. The top ten:

Kim Kardashian
50 Cent
Paris Hilton
Chelsea Handler
E! Online
Soulja Boy
Ashlee Simpson Wentz
Snoop Dogg
Time.com
Mandy Moore
Khloe Kardashian
Nick Cannon
Dr. Drew

Actually, that's 13, but I wanted to get to Dr. Drew, because he annoys me. Actually, most of that top 13 annoys me. But, hey, if I become a member of Ad.ly, I can pay a fee so that those annoying people will tweet about how much they like this particular blog entry:

@ChelseaHandler: OMG this blog post is so funny, even funnier than my weird "Angelina Jolie is a b*tch" rant: http://childmurderingrobot.blogspot.com/2010/12/10000-per-tweet.html

That's more than 140 characters, but I'm just spitballing. She can tinyurl it. Earn your money, Chelsea Handler.

Oh I give up.

Kim Kardashian always has her eyes on the money.

1 comment:

A.Jaye said...

With Kim Kardashian at least she's a celeb with no meaning. Her only purpose is fame and fortune. On your list Sprague are a number of musicians, a comedian and a 'respected' news magazine.

If Bob Marley was alive today do you think he'd sell his twitters?

I'm afraid of your answer.