Ricky Gervais Considers Twitter 'Undignified' and 'Pointless'
British funnyman Ricky Gervais has quit Twitter after less than a month online - calling the social networking site "undignified" and "pointless."
The comic opened an account on December 14, 2009, because bosses at the Golden Globes wanted him to make a running commentary via Twitter as he hosts the awards ceremony on January 17, 2010. But Gervais ditched the site last week January 9, insisting the new phenomenon should only be used by teenagers. And he's unimpressed with other celebrities who use the device to "show off."
In a post on his personal blog, Gervais writes, "As you may know I've stopped with Twitter. I just don't get it I'm afraid. I'm sure it's fun as a networking device for teenagers but there's something a bit undignified about adults using it. Particularly celebrities who seem to be showing off by talking to each other in public. If I want to tell a friend, famous or otherwise what I had to eat this morning, I'll text them. And since I don't need to make new virtual friends, it seemed a bit pointless to be honest."
"I suppose it was meant to be a bit of a marketing tool for The Globes, but they are watched by 25 million people in America alone and maybe 300 million people world wide - tweeting about it would be a drop in the ocean. Also I've got the website and I don't have to restrict things to 140 characters. My tweeting was becoming like a tabloid version of this blog, and I couldn't even put important stuff like this up."
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