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Before John Mayer deleted his Twitter account in September, he was an avid Tweeter with over 3 million fans. Since he gave no explanation, we wondered if he had quit Twitter as part of a decision to stop oversharing. But on Monday, Mayer finally decided to explain himself -- and as it turns out, his reasons were more philosophical than personal.
"It occurred to me that since the invocation of Twitter, nobody who has participated in it has created any lasting art," writes Mayer on his personal blog. "And yes! Yours truly is included in that roundup as well."
Mayer apparently believes that 24-hour Tweeting or Facebooking leads to "disposable" art, rather than great writing or music.
"Has any artist, since they’ve begun to give you daily insights into their life created their best work yet?" he asks. "Are the best writers of our time on Twitter? ... 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."
Mayer's theory is interesting, but it's not exactly watertight. For example, he uses Tina Fey as an example of a non-Tweeter who's doing the best work of her career (writing 30 Rock) -- and yet other 30 Rock writers, like Kay Cannon and Donald Glover, are avid Tweeters. With that in mind, here are a few celebrities who we'd like to see give Twitter a chance.
Angelina Jolie - She joined Twitter long enough to reserve the account under her name, but so far, she hasn't done any Tweeting. We'd love to see Tweets about her United Nations trips (and of course, her kids!).
Jon Hamm - The Mad Men actor has shown serious dramatic range as Don Draper, but judging from his appearances on SNL and 30 Rock, he's jonesing to do more comedy. Why not show off his comedic chops for Twitter followers?
Drew Barrymore - The actress has made it clear that she's not a fan of social media, and we want to respect that -- but after seeing Going the Distance, we're dying to see the Tweets fly between her and Justin Long. Is that so wrong?
George Clooney - He's funny and charming, and if he joined Twitter, we would get our one real-life shot at flirting with him!
Which celebrities do you think should join (or quit) Twitter? Chime in below!