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Posted at 10:07 AM ET, 10/ 5/2010

Onetime Twitterholic John Mayer explains why he quit

By Liz Kelly

Twitter quitter John Mayer. (Getty Images)

Remember how John Mayer used to tweet 24/7 to share his witty observations about life and, like, apologize for calling Jessica Simpson "sexual napalm?" Then remember when he quit Twitter back in September, leaving his 3.7 million followers adrift in a sea of tweets from Tila Tequila, Courtney Love and MC Hammer? Well, now Mayer is hoping fans will follow him to his blog to keep up with his brain droppings, now not limited to 140 character bursts.

Yesterday, he blogged about why he quit Twitter:

It occurred to me that since the invocation of Twitter, nobody who has participated in it has created any lasting art. And yes! Yours truly is included in that roundup as well. Let me make sure that statement is as absolute and irrevocable as possible by buzzing your tower one more time: no artwork created by someone with a healthy grasp of social media thus far has proven to be anything other than disposable.

Source: John Mayer's Blog

After the jump, some Twitter gems John Mayer missed...

He goes on:

Those who decide to remain offline will make better work than those online. Why? Because great ideas have to gather. They have to pass the test of withstanding thirteen different moods, four different months and sixty different edits. Anything less is day trading. You can either get a bunch of mentions now or change someone’s life next year.

But is he right? I'm not so sure. Twitter may not be the best medium for an overly intellectual self-absorbed singer/songwriter to spread out his thoughts, but some "lasting art" has been committed in 140 characters or less. It may not be high-brow enough for John Mayer, but camp is often underrated and secretly appreciated.

A few Twitter works of art Mayer may have missed:

@[expletive]mydadsays: This hilarious feed, a compendium of quotes from Justin Halpern's 74-year-old father not only landed him a book deal, but spawned one of Twitter's first crossovers: a TV sitcom starring William Shatner (which will likely also make history as the first Twitter crossover to a sitcom that gets canceled). Still, the original feed remains the best of the bunch:

Imposters: From Karl Lagerfeld to Gary Busey and Sharon Stone, these spoof feeds rule as chuckle-inducing time wasters:

Twits: It was short-lived, but while it lasted our own video series of actors dramatizing selected celebrity Tweets was a thing of beauty:

Mayer may also want to keep in mind that several celebs before him have quit Twitter only to return: Lily Allen, Lindsay Lohan, Courtney Love, Tila Tequila. Self-absorbtion is a hard habit to break.

By Liz Kelly  | October 5, 2010; 10:07 AM ET
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So, since John Mayer has never created any "lasting art" can we expect him to sign off from ever saying anything again?

Posted by: NotForYou1 | October 5, 2010 12:07 PM | Report abuse

We can only hope.

Posted by: wadejg | October 5, 2010 12:22 PM | Report abuse

I thought the lack of coffee in my system might have been the reason this seemed to be the goddamn dumbest thing I've ever read.


"no artwork created by someone with a healthy grasp of social media thus far has proven to be anything other than disposable."

Any artist of any sort that has ever used any social media platform instantly becomes irrelevant? Says the guy ON HIS BLOG.

I wonder if he's ever heard of a thing called the YouTube...

Check out some videos by OK Go. The songs aren't all that lasting, but the videos are classics and

Why am I having an argument with John Mayer in the WaPo comments section?

Jen, Liz I propose that once a month we get to vote a "celebrity" off the Island and you never report on them again until they die. Guess who I nominate first.

Posted by: NotForYou1 | October 5, 2010 1:25 PM | Report abuse

The problem, of course, is that he's simply wrong. I can think of plenty of artists who have released meaningful works while also managing to be active on sites like Twitter. I'm thinking of Amanda F'n Palmer, Casey Stratton, Kristin Hersh, Imogen Heap (who used Twitter to set up cello auditions to find guests cellists for each stop on her last tour), and Peter name just a few.

Mayer apparently has an issue with projecting his own deficiencies on actual artists.

And yes, please, can we vote him off the island now?

Posted by: jcburka | October 6, 2010 9:07 AM | Report abuse

He's just too deep for you schmucks.

Posted by: passionparaphrased | October 7, 2010 11:52 PM | Report abuse

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