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Are you on Twitter? Are you following TV personality Drew Carey? If you aren’t, why aren’t you?
Drew Carey, the current host of The Price is Right, is on a crusade to give $1 per Twitter follower he has by 11:59 pm on Dec. 31st, 2009 to the Livestrong Foundation. He has promised to donate up to $1 million dollars in the fight against cancer, but the donation is pegged to how many followers he has. Mr. Carey has even said he doesn’t care if you unfollow him on Jan. 1st, 2010, he just wants to raise awareness of the cancer research being done.
This was all inspired by Drew Olanoff, a well-known individual in the social media scene, auction off his Twitter username, @drew, to raise money for cancer research. Mr. Olanoff recently had a fight with cancer himself, which it thankfully appears he has won, and he felt auctioning off a desirable four-letter Twitter username was a way to go. His minimum bid was $10,000, but Drew Carey was the first to bid, and he went right for $25,000. See, Mr. Carey got stuck with the username @DrewFromTV, so of course he wants @drew. Well, the problem was that it appeared he scared off other potential bidders, so he said if he had 100,000 followers by Nov. 9th, the end of the auction, he would pay $100,000 for the name. When he easily beat that goal, he extended it to Dec. 31st and $1,000,000 for one million followers.
As I write this, Mr. Carey is at 307,212 followers with a week to go.
… what is wrong with you people?
When Ashton Kutcher said, “Hey, I want a million followers!”, people flocked to follow him with nothing in return. When a man is trying to promote the fight against cancer and is willing to give away a million dollars of his own money, people turn apathetic? All you have to do is click the follow button … that’s it. Nothing more. If you don’t like Drew Carey, fine, unfollow him on Jan. 1st, but come on, folks, follow the man for just the next week!
I normally don’t believe in guilting people in to doing things, but come on folks: You click a button, and someone else gives a $1 to charity. All you have to do is click a button. That’s it. Nothing else is required of you. If you’re a Twitter user, please do it.
MillionDollarDrew has more information and is tracking the progress to the goal.