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Posted at 05:50 PM ET, 12/11/2012

Twitter reimagines ‘Seinfeld’ for the digital age

Elaine dates a freegan. Jerry gets hooked on “Game of Thrones.” And Twitter, that much-loved platform for pop-culture commentary, breathes new life into long-gone TV shows.

Much has been made of @SeinfeldToday, the (hilarious) new Twitter account that imagines modern shenanigans for Jerry, Kramer, George and Elaine. Even if you aren’t a huge fan of the show, the account’s appeal is pretty obvious: Dated characters + modern follies = comedic gold.

That formula helps explain why Twitter is so good at reanimating old characters we’ve otherwise forgotten. While @SeinfeldToday may be one of the highest-profile accounts in recent memory, @SeinfeldStories toiled in sad obscurity for more than a year before taking some time off this fall.

Plenty of other shows have also gotten the Twitter treatment — there’s @Carrie_Br4dshaw (“Sex in the City”), @MattAlbie60 and @DannyTripp60 (“Studio60 on the Sunset Strip”), and a whole cast of “West Wing” accounts, including the goldfish that Danny Concannon gave CJ in season one.

But the best example, and certainly the most dapper, doesn’t even come from TV. @OldHossRadbourn tweets the modern musings of Charles Gardner Radbourn, a 19th-century baseball player otherwise batting for obscurity. You probably never find yourself wondering what a 19th-century baseball player would tweet — and that’s exactly the charm.

What fictional characters would you like to see reborn on Twitter? Let us know in the comments. Or better yet, start tweeting.

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