Alicia Keys, Lady Gaga, Kim Kardashian and others return to the social networks after going dark for charity

By Tim Nudd
December 07, 2010 11:45 AM

They’re back online!

After signing off Facebook and Twitter for a week as part of the so-called “Digital Death” charity campaign, celebrities including Alicia Keys, Lady Gaga and Kim Kardashian are returning to social networking – having met their fund-raising goal of $1 million for AIDS charity Keep a Child Alive.

The public and the stars involved in the campaign donated half a million dollars, while pharma billionaire and noted philanthropist Stewart Rahr on Tuesday offered to match that amount.

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“From the bottom of my heart, thank you to all of the fans, friends and artists who stood together for this cause and saved real lives,” Keys, one of Keep a Child Alive’s founders, said in a statement. “I am humbled by the outpouring of support from everyone.”

The fund-raising milestone will be good news for Usher, who was supposed to be part of the campaign – but Tweeted several messages over the weekend, including a birthday note to songwriter/producer Rico Love.