A celebrity Twitter exodus? Plus hilarious dramatic readings of celebrity tweets

Lily Allen
E! Online has a pretty interesting article about some of the celebrities deciding to jump ship from the social networking site Twitter. Tween trendsetter Miley Cyrus deleted her Twitter account last week, and then made a video rap for fans explaining that she wanted to keep her “private life private.” Other celebrities leaving Twitter include Lily Allen, who made her last tweet a couple of weeks ago, Nine Inch Nails’ Trent Reznor, who stopped in July, and Courtney Love, who deleted her two accounts full of nonsensical ramblings. E! speculates that Love left Twitter due to her daughter, Frances Bean, who deleted her account after some backlash over a negative multi-part tweet calling out Ali Lohan:

What hath Miley wrought? Other than the revelation among celebrities that the best way to keep your private life private is not, surprisingly, to chronicle your every scratch, flight pattern, yawn, romance, meal and emo thought online, that is?

Following Cyrus going on the Q.T., Courtney Love and Lily Allen have both apparently called it quits on their respective Twitters—though mercifully, the latest ship jumpers didn’t announce their departures in song form.

Rather, Love quietly shut down both of her accounts (why she needed two to begin with, we’ll never know), while Allen last month posted a short and sweet goodbye message, seemingly made all the more permanent by her subsequent lack of updates.

“I am a neo-luddite, goodbye,” she wrote.

Of course, like Miley before them, the timing on both exits is not without suspicion…

For Allen’s part, the shuttering of her account came at roughly the same time her relationship with layman builder Sam Cooper kicked into overdrive, fueling speculation that the British songbird is making a (granted, rather considerate) concession for her Man Friday.

Maybe Liam Hemsworth had a word?

As for Love, well, as with most things, her situation is a bit more messy.

Not content to simply stop posting, she shut down her accounts completely. The online erasure came in the wake of daughter Frances Bean Cobain’s unprovoked (and much retaliated-against) Ali Lohan-centric rant.

But lest anyone think her online abandonment was the result of nothing more than maternal back-having, consider this: Earlier this year, the rocker had the not so fine distinction of becoming the first twitterer to be sued for malicious libel over the content of her tweets.

Her former fashion designer slapped Love with the suit after being called a “nasty lying hosebag thief,” among other less-flattering epithets. A hearing on the matter is reportedly due to take place this month.

As it happens, abandoning the microblogging site for nonvirtual worlds isn’t just for the fairer persuasion. Nine Inch Nails frontman Trent Reznor also called time on his online updates back in July.

“I believe I’ve done all I care to do here at this point,” he wrote. “Flesh and reality and silence are calling.”

[From E! Online]

I’ve mentioned before that Twitter really isn’t for me. There are a lot of people who enjoy it, and there are definitely nice people on there. It’s just that I have so many other things I’m trying to keep up with that it’s hard for me to find the time or motivation to tweet. I’m more of a Facebook-type person, where I have more options for communicating with friends and wasting time. Brief text messages only go so far, and there’s also the privacy concern as E! mentions. Once you tweet something, you can essentially never delete it. There are services that index tweets and can show you every tweet that a user has deleted, like Tweleted.com.

I’m surprised that Twitter took off so well with celebrities, but it does offer a simple alternative to blogging. You can say something quickly without the pressure of writing an explanation. It’s an easy way for celebrities to issue statements and keep us up to date with their lives. Twitter has broken down some barriers between celebrities and fans, but it’s also exposed us to way too much information about some of them.

While I was doing half-assed research for this post I found this hilarious serious of videos from the Washington Post featuring dramatic readings of celebrity tweets. I couldn’t stop laughing watching these, they’re truly awesome. I hope the celebrities keep using Twitter because this stuff is comic gold. Here are the first two videos in the “Twits” series, and you can watch the third and fourth videos on YouTube. (Note that I could not find an “episode 4,” it just goes from three to five.)

Twits episode 1 – P. Diddy, Lindsay Lohan, Brooke Hogan

Twits: Episode 2 – Tila Tequila, Courtney Love, Jessica Simpson

Lily Allen is shown performing on 3/26/09 and 8/9/09. Credit: PRPhotos

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  1. lulu says:

    these are so funny, you don’t realise how ridiculous they are until read out, bloody idiots.

  2. Raven says:

    Twitter always struck me as an accident looking for a place to happen with celebrities. When you consider that people don’t think when emailing, this really ramps up the “foot in mouth” disease.

  3. Firestarter says:

    Twitter is okay. I mean it can be fun and it is a hoot following some celebs and their dramas. I used to be addicted to Twitter, but now just check in periodically.

  4. Sudini says:

    @Raven – LOL I was thinking the same thing. Twitter must be a celeb publicists nightmare.

  5. Mari says:

    Oh Lawdy! Please don’t make me laugh that hard at work again. It doesn’t look professional.

  6. Corina says:

    I read somewhere that celebs are leaving Twitter because of new regulations that they have to disclose everything they’re being paid to endorse (just like bloggers have to now also). So if, say, Miley stayed, she would have to give a little disclaimer if she tweeted about going to Popeye’s Chicken (you know she loves her some Popeye’s!) if Popeye’s had paid for her to name drop them. Not sure if it’s true or not but interesting no? I’m big on Twitter myself – I do social networking stuff for a living so I sorta have to be – but I don’t really think celebs should be on there unless they are REALLY good at managing their own PR. Seriously how many of them have screwed themselves in the past year or two with their uncensored tweets?

  7. gg says:

    I’m with Raven and Corina. I’ve been waiting for all those floors to drop under all these narcissists due to their impulsive whining. It’s a recipe for disaster. Like talking on the phone while driving. Just because you can doesn’t mean it’s a good idea.

  8. The Old KC says:

    Those Twits episodes are hilarious – I like FaceBook (post about once a day or so) but Twitter just seems so excessive to me. WPost did a great job lampooning those celebs.

  9. Persistent Cat says:

    Twitter just seems very narcissistic.

    I did laugh out loud at Celebitchy writing “While I was doing half-assed research for this post…” I love honesty.

  10. Iggles says:

    I never liked Twitter. Before it could catch on with people I know, newscasters and the 40+ set were already joining twitter and talking about their ‘tweets’. Now I don’t mean to offend, but if the folks on CNN are talking about it, you KNOW a trend has “already” jumped the shark.

  11. who says:

    Frances Bean Cobain still has a twitter but it is set to private and only her life friends are on it.

  12. TwinkleToes says:

    I’m with P.Cat, very narcissistic. Twitter is for narcissistic people but loser people. The same people who get obsessed with MySpace. Like anyone cares. It’s a big popularity competition for some. I even know of a person who landed herself in South Oaks mental hospital b/c she was rejected on MS. Loser.

  13. TopTwitsBlog says:

    There are plenty of celebrites still active on Twitter. We should know, we blog about their tweets everyday.

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