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TwitChange: A charity that gets celebrities to follow you for a price

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Having trouble getting more followers on Twitter? Never fear: You can now buy followers -- big celebrity followers, at that. Want Cher to know what you're up to for the next three months? Or Adrian Grenier to track your tweets?

On eBay, more than 150 celebrities have signed up to help support TwitChange. It's an online auction to raise money for A Home in Haiti, a nonprofit group that helps children in the island nation.

Bidders can choose to be followed, retweeted or mentioned by the celebrity. Or they can go for the "MEGA pkg" and buy all three. A mention or a retweet by a celebrity can gain plenty of attention for smaller Twitter users, as stars like Jessica Simpson have more than 2.9 million followers.

The campaign was concocted by Shaun King, director of A Home in Haiti, and actress Eva Longoria Parker, CNN reports.

The effort raised $75,000 to $100,000 within the first 24 hours, King told CNN.

Now, I'm not saying that I came up with this idea or anything. I am saying that Tuesday, I suggested John Mayer should have given up his Twitter followers in the name of charity. On Wednesday, Time magazine took up my battle cry and said: "Think 140 charitable characters or less, from pages that start out as free promotion tools."

And that same day, Justin Bieber and Kim Kardashian start selling tweets for charity?

Coincidence? There are no coincidences!

(Okay, okay, it probably took longer than a few hours to get 150 celebrities signed up for the auction, but who knows? Eva Longoria Parker may totally be reading BlogPost. What's up, Eva!)

Who would you pay to follow you on Twitter? I'd have to say I would pay big bucks for Nathan Fillion to follow me. What? Who doesn't love Firefly?

By Melissa Bell  | September 17, 2010; 5:10 PM ET
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