Actor Stephen Fry deactivated his Twitter account recently after Twitter users criticized him for a joke he told at the British Academy Film Awards. (Read more here.) His rationale was that Twitter had become, “…a stalking ground for the sanctimoniously self-righteous who love to second-guess, to leap to conclusions and be offended — worse, to be offended on behalf of others they do not even know,” Fry wrote on his website on Monday. “It’s as nasty and unwholesome a characteristic as can be imagined.”
I don’t personally have a Twitter account and while Ehell does have one, I’ve never used it to send any tweets and will deactivate it. My reasonings have been that it is impossible to convey any depth of meaning in 140 characters, and that I’m of the belief that it’s hubris to think the world wants to know your 140-character opinions. While I see value in Facebook for finding and retaining relationships, particularly long distance relationships, I have yet to find much redeeming value to Twitter. When I hear of Twitter battles, I’m baffled as to how anyone can cogently debate within the parameters of 140 characters. It’s written warfare with little text “bullets”. Deliver a volley of them and your target might just “die” of multiple wounds. So, yes, I congratulate Mr. Fry for his keen observations and willingness to divest himself of Twitter.