Larry David bows to the will of the Internet

What's the going rate to get a celebrity to join Twitter? In Larry David's case, about $10,000 in charitable donations.

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Twitter continues to grow apace: 140 million users and 340 million tweets a day ! The cover of Time magazine ! Betty White!

And yet, its charms have seemed to elude Larry David. While other celebrities have embraced the 140-character microblogging service, the "Curb Your Enthusiasm" star has stayed away.

Until now.

Remember when we told you about Charity Bribes? The site, which debuted in March , lets Internet users collectively coerce famous people to agree to amusing stunts in exchange for charitable donations to their favorite causes.

The inaugural proposition: Get Larry David to join Twitter for the promise of money to the National Resources Defense Council.

At the end of one month, the "bribe" had tallied up pledges totaling $10,163 from 103 people. Mr. David had 30 days to accept the offer or the bribe would expire.

As the days ticked away, Twitter remained stubbornly Larry David-less. Then, on March 11, that all changed.

"I was told by Charity Bribes that if I Tweeted they'd give 10k to the NRDC,"@LarryDavid4 tweeted. "Pay up!"

Though the account is unverified at the moment, the Washington Post has confirmed that @LarryDavid4 is, in fact, Larry David.

"We will soon be transferring the bribe money to the NRDC," CharityBribes co-creator William Burks Spencer said in an e-mail to CNET.

Up next: Team Coco, attempting to "get Conan O'Brien to interview a guest on his show wearing an eye patch & black turtleneck while holding a pipe. If asked why, he should say, 'I don't want to talk about it.'"

Be warned famous people; the Internet is coming for you.

 

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