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Roger Ebert's Twitter account will live on

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Before Roger Ebert passed away last Thursday, he had asked his wife, Chaz, to tweet for him.

Ebert had cultivated a new online voice after losing his own, and his presence will live on—on Twitter, at least. Late Wednesday, his wife used @ebertchicago to thank well-wishers. 

Ebert also asked RogerEbert.com editor Jim Emerson to continue posting updates and sharing them with @ebertchicago's 843,000 followers. 

On his acclaimed account (we deemed him the sixth-most-important Twitter user of 2011), Ebert mused about celebrities, current affairs, and life beyond movies. More than that, he used it as a way to communicate directly with readers.

It's wonderful that @ebertchicago will live on. But sadly, we'll be missing insights like this:

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