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Stephen Fry quits Twitter ... again
- — 05 January, 2010 02:43
Top British blogger Stephen Fry (@stephenfry) has quit the micro-blogging service while he writes the second volume of his autobiography.
In a succinct last tweet "A miniblog of farewell" signed with four kisses, Fry pointed his 1,188,222 Twitter followers to a blog where he announced his taking temporary leave of tweeting."Well now, this is a sort of farewell. An au revoir more than an adieu but a valediction all the same. This morning I switch off most of my connections with the outside world, for I have work to do. I must deliver a book to my publishers by the end of April or my soul and testicles will be forfeit," explains Fry.
Fry famously threatened to quit Twitter in October last year, after a follower tweeted that his posts were "boring".
"Think I may have to give up on Twitter. Too much aggression and unkindness around," Fry commented. "You've convinced me. I'm obviously not good enough. I retire from Twitter henceforward. Bye everyone."
Fry quickly recanted his resignation: "Arrived in LA feeling very foolish. Wasn't the fault of the fellow who called me 'boring', BTW. A mood thing. Sunshine will help. So sorry," he tweeted.
This time Fry is stopping his tweets until he has completed his autobiography - a sequel to his best-selling Moab Is My Washpot.
"I have a single appointment in London towards the end of January and another in Barcelona a month or so later. Otherwise I shall be as one wiped from the map of human existence. This is how it must be," writes Fry in his blog, which will also presumably fall silent.
"All this is a way of saying, of course, that my twitter stream will dry up for that period. No doubt this will come as a relief to some, but I am not so sunk in false modesty as to be unaware that there are loyal followers who will emit long, loud wails of "Noooooooo!" and who will feel pained and dispirited . But I hope they will understand that this is a) imperative and b) temporary. I shall return."
Apart from his frequent tweets Fry is best known as a comedian, author, actor and too-clever game show host.