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Bill Gates Follows Ashley Tisdale on Twitter–Geeks, It's Time to Meet Sharpay!

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Yesterday, Microsoft (MSFT) co-founder Bill Gates finally started using Twitter, launching a verified account on the microblogging service and using the moniker @billgates.

While BoomTown is thrilled to be selected by the tech legend as one of the 40 accounts he is following so far, I was far more excited that “High School Musical” movie star Ashley Tisdale was also among the chosen few.

Yes, you read it right, Sharpay is totally in with the King of Software.

Thus, I tweeted immediately to Gates: “I like you 13 percent more now that you are following Ashley Tisdale.”

He now has 157,650 followers, all of whom I attribute to his excellent choice of the sassy Disney (DIS) tween–and deliciously mean–idol.

And clearly, Google (GOOG) CEO Eric Schmidt–who has only 24,607 followers on @ericschmidt since he started officially tweeting recently–has to start following Gabriella Montez to keep up!

Which means Apple (AAPL) head Steve Jobs gets Troy Bolton!

In any case, as inexplicable as Gates’s choice is, it’s time to bring Silicon Valley nerds up to speed on Tisdale’s oeuvre.

So here are three videos of musical numbers she sings in from the movie trilogy:

HSM1: “Bop to the Top”

HSM2: “Fabulous”

HSM3: “I Want It All”


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