It has been fun as we can laugh at each others jokes, contact celebrities, find new information and all of that done in 140 characters or less. However it seems like a lot of people are jumping the Twitter ship. Are you going to be one of them? These celebs might give you the nudge you need to quit and become part of their new group: Twitter Quitters.
— Alec Baldwin — After his latest rant on the social media site, he apparently learned his lesson and deleted his account. In his own words: “I went to Jimmy Gandolfini’s funeral, and when I was there I realized Jimmy Gandolfini didn’t have Twitter. Jimmy Gandolfini was so beloved as a person, and he was so admired as an actor, and he didn’t give a (f-bomb) about social media.” Baldwin added: “I really learned a lesson at the funeral. I said to myself, This is all a waste of time. Meaning it’s fun sometimes, but less and less, and less. It’s just another chink in your armor for people to come and kill you. I stopped and said to myself, I’m going to try where I just don’t do this anymore.”
— Jennifer Love Hewitt whole heartily agrees with Alec Baldwin, regarding quitting Twitter. (Hopefully she doesn’t agree with his homophobic twitter rant.) She said: “Unfortunately with all the negativity people choose to send on twitter as well as threats to there own well being. I’m sad to say twitter is No longer for me. I have enjoyed all the kindness and love that came my way, as well as support. But this break is needed.” Hewitt continued: “Life should be filled with positivity and holding each other up, not making threats and sending bad vibes. To those of you who made it a joy. Thank you from the bottom of my heart.” Another member of the Twitter Quitter group. Do you think people would come and Tweet kill Miss Love Hewitt on Twitter?
— Doug Kass, The head of hedge fund Seabreeze Partners told his clients via an e-mail: “After all these years, especially since I have a contrarian streak, my skin is thick, but I have come to the conclusion that tweeting is simply not worth the time or effort.” Kass added: “Unfortunately, there are many haters in the social blogosphere, who, perhaps because of their own issues, drown out the many good people who want a value-added investment experience by learning more and enjoying a healthy dialogue in real time.”
Alec, Jennifer and Doug now join famous Twitter Quitters John Mayer and Charlie Sheen. Do you agree with their opinions? That people come out of the woodwork to Twitter kill you? Or do you think they could have expected this? According to our fellow Internet users: “I don’t blame Kass from dumping Twitter. Many corners of the Internet don’t meet the idea of an orderly discussion on anything – more like a cross between a WWE Cage Match and MMA bout with the level of intellectual discourse having more in common with Monty Python than ‘Gentleman’s Discourse’. Far more productive things to do in life than wallow in the mud with some of these financial nitwits.”
By Georgina Pijttersen