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The King of Pop may be pushing up daisies, but he’s still building his Twitter base. eSarcasm has learned that Michael Jackson’s not the only dead celebrity pumping up his Web 2.0 cred.

By (@tynanwrites)

August 10, 2009

The story you're about to read is not (entirely) true. It is, however, more accurate than most things on network television.

michael jackson twitterThe revelation has rocked the social media community. Weeks after his tragic death at the age of 50, Michael Jackson – yes, that Michael Jackson – is still desperately seeking Twitter followers.

So much so, in fact, that the King of Pop or members of his family entourage friggin’ insane fan base paid a service called to bring his tweep count up to 25,000. Or so says uSocial CEO Leon Hill.

“I can’t admit that we dealt with Michael Jackson directly, though we were in touch with someone in his family recently who tasked us with conducting a Twitter campaign on an account relating to him.” Said CEO Leon Hill. “It was exciting to say the very least to conduct work with such a big name.”

uSocial say that 25,000 followers were bought to be delivered to Jackson’s account and they’re still working on fulfilling the order.

“For obvious reasons we’ll be dealing with his family from here on in, though it would have been great to conduct services for Michael Jackson in a different time, under different circumstances,” said Hill.

(No, we’re not making this up.*)
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eSarcasm has learned that Jackson is hardly the only dead celebrity obsessed with his social media standing. Walter Cronkrite, Ed McMahon, Karl Malden, and director John Hughes have all recently contracted with sleazy desperate social media marketing companies to maintain their Twitter followers from beyond the grave.

Meanwhile, Farrah Fawcett still updates her Facebook page regularly from Heaven (she is, after all, an Angel), while deceased pitchman Billy Mays is said to be working on a new series of infomercials to be broadcast in real time (though not technically “live”) from Hell.

(Yes, we did make that up. Obviously.)

* Though we feel compelled to ask: Just how lame is your service when you’ve got the biggest dead pop star since Elvis and you’re “still working” on getting him to 25K followers? Hello?

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