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    Justin Bieber Helps Matt Lauer Join Twitter; Ben Affleck Also Now Part of the Social Media Network

    If you're looking to gain a major number of followers on Twitter, who better to ask for assistance than Justin Bieber, right?

    That's just what Today show cohost Matt Lauer did on Friday morning when the pop star stopped by the NBC program.

    After explaining that he had just signed on to Twitter the day before, Lauer wondered if the Biebs would be kind enough to send out a tweet under his handle @MLauer for him.

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    While Lauer tried to tell Bieber what to type, the 18-year-old singer playfully took it upon himself to write, "Hello. Everyone go buy Justin bieber's album #believe coming out June 19th."

    Soon after, Lauer was trending rapidly. He picked up about 34,000 followers in just nine minutes and, as of this writing, he's already over 100,000!

    "Bieber's power!" Lauer tweeted (all by himself) a little later.

    Indeed.

    Meanwhile, Ben Affleck, too, joined Twitter this week.

    The actor/director decided to do so as a way of promoting his appearance with Secretary of State Hillary Clinton at a conference in Washington D.C. yesterday. The conference was designed to raise awareness for an initiative aimed at ending preventable child deaths in the Democratic Republic of Congo and around the world.

    Not surprisingly, Jimmy Kimmel couldn't help but express his joy after learning his pal was now part of the social media site.

    "Be still my heart...@BenAffleck is on twitter," the late-night talk show host tweeted.

    "Thanks @jimmykimmel - be kind. I'm new," replied Affleck.

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