Thanks for all your emails and comments. You’ve all been really nice and overwhelmingly supportive of my decision to leave Twitter. When I say “all”, I’m obviously not including @misterdevans, whose comments on the subject have marked him out as the kind of twisted shitbag I’ll be very glad to see the back of. Not that people like this don’t exist in real life but social networks do tend to amplify them, which is unfortunate.
I didn’t quit Twitter because it was nasty or because I didn’t like the people or because Stephen Fry said he was going to(!). I left purely and simply because I have a heap of deadlines coming up between now and Christmas and I needed to get rid of as many distractions as possible. I like Twitter, maybe too much, and I knew I wouldn’t be able to resist spending time on there if the option still existed.
I hope everyone understands and that no one feels slighted or abandoned. I was one of millions of people on Twitter. I had 1500 followers and I followed about 150 people. I’m sure the loss won’t be felt too badly. As I’ve said previously, I’ll still be talking to people via email and in person – it’s not as if I fucking died, people! If you want to get hold of me but don’t have an e-mail address, just leave a comment on here – they come straight through to my email account so I will see them.
Now, pull yourselves together. There’ll be no more blubbing and wailing and renting of clothes; there’s coffee to be drunk, cigarettes to be smoked and words to be written…