Ricky Gervais brands Twitter “pointless”

January 14, 2010

Ricky Gervais brands Twitter "pointless"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.

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2 Responses to “Ricky Gervais brands Twitter “pointless””

  1. Peter T.:

    I agree with Ricky Gervais! How is micro-information supposed to make a person more interesting? These days, there are myriad technological ways to keep in contact – landlines, mobile phones,chatting and the like and so forth. But a boring person is just that . . . a boring person! And no amount of technology will make them interesting.

  2. Etienne Koreman:

    Twitter lacks things that would make it really big.

    First there is the 140 character limit. why?!? It’s OK for Twitter applications to show the first 140 characters, or to simply filter out messages that surpass a 140 character limit, but there is no need to restrict it that tight in basis. The architecture of Twitter could change the world dramatically if the character limit was much higher. You’d have floating and interconnecting discussions and forums.

    Twitter lacks tagging. It’s 2010. Applications aggregate and love tags. Let Twitter users tag their posts, provide a list with formal universal tags, and a huge context rich world appears. Applications could use Twitter to communicate. It should be possible to tag a Twitter post and tag elements in it. It should be possible to tag Twitter posts from the outside and this requires a logical linking system to individual posts.

    Twitter lacks rich text facilities, it’s now like 1990′s text messaging. Come on please. And again, it’s OK for Twitter applications to remove formating or to filter out whatever for what reason. Apart from rich text it should be possible to embed widgets with dynamic content.

    These are just some simple things that would change the world dramatically. Really. Twitter would become the heart beat of the online world, a rich and real time RSS if you like. All kinds of content and data would float in complex context, aggregating systems would ignate complex applications that reside completely in the Twittosphere. Twitter aggregators could be placed on websites, in e-mails, on mobile phones and whatever devices, including industrial machines reading/providing data. Human assisted artificial intelligence would get a tremendous boost and web3.0 would kick off immediately.

    Maybe I am wrong, but this is how the web will evolve in the next five years. Probably. HTTP and RSS replaced by a Twitter-like protocol. With or without Twitter.

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