Some celebrities get it, others don’t. Stephen Fry is one of the most famous and respected Twitter users out there, but his fellow countryman Ricky Gervais isn’t a fan.
Twitter has become something of a phenomenon amongst celebrities, with some using it as a marketing tool and others using it as a way of connecting with their fans. But not everyone understands what Twitter is actually about, or maybe they just don’t like it.
Ricky Gervais had a Twitter account for less than a month before quitting, and he’s quite forthright about why he gave it up, explaining in a post on his blog:
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.
Cue photo of Ricky pulling an extremely ugly face. Which he could have uploaded to any one of the sites dedicated to hosting Twitter media.
I do kind of understand where Gervais is coming from. I personally enjoy the longer form of blogging more than the 140-character limited Twitter. And he was clearly made to join the site by the people in charge of the Golden Globes, which he’s hosting. But to brand it “pointless” and “undignified” is just ignorant.