Tuesday 23 December 2014

Celebs who quit Twitter

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29 February 2012; James McClean, Republic of Ireland. International Friendly, Republic of Ireland v Czech Republic, Aviva Stadium, Lansdowne Road, Dublin. Picture credit: Brendan Moran / SPORTSFILE
Sinead O'Connor
The legendary singer quit Twitter last September after concern was raised about some of her posts. She explained on her blog she decided to quit after her account was hacked into. She wrote: 'It’s a shame as I've had great fun and want to thank those with whom I shared fun.
'Those who have become friends have my email address so do keep in touch. Again, many thanks for all the fun. Love yiz.'
Ryan Tubridy
The Late Late Show host quit Twitter last year after taking a lot of flack, especially over his soft interview with Ronan Keating on the show. The host said: 'Twitter gets very unpleasant of a Friday night.' His final tweet to his 60,529 followers read: 'Dear Twitter, this is my last tweet. It's been lots of fun, but I must leave. No drama, just not enough time. Thanks and take care. #goodbye.'
Alec Baldwin
The actor quit Twitter in December last year after launching a series of damning tweets about an American Airlines flight attendant who had him removed from a domestic flight for not turning off his phone.
His Twitter following surged following his rants about the incident and the 30 Rock star decided to leave the social networking site. He tweeted: 'Let's play a game called Mass Unfollowing….tonight at 10 pm NY time, unfollow me.'
Joey Barton
The football bad boy who amassed over 1.4 million followers has said he feels frustrated by having to express himself in only 140 characters, so is looking to set up a website for his musings.
He has tried to use Twitter to clean up his image, but was threatened with legal action after tweeting about John Terry. In March he tweeted: 'Going to take a little Twitter sabbatical before I end up saying something I end up regretting.'
LeAnn Rimes
The country singer was on the receiving end of abuse on Twitter when she was caught cheating on her husband with a married actor in 2010. She announced she was closing her account tweeting that it was 'unhealthy for me and my family to have to read negative comments.' But a week later her account was up and running again, saying she missed her fans and wanted them to know 'how much u r appreciated.'
John Mayer
Jennifer Aniston's ex Mayer erased his Twitter account with 3.7 million followers in 2010 after he claimed to have become tired of Twitter. He said: 'I just think Twitter as a form of communication, I think it's over to be honest with you,' He has since set up a Tumblr account for his musings.
James Franco
Oscars host James Franco has disabled his Twitter account after just a month-and-a-half on the social network site. He used the site for his ponderings during the live broadcast of last year's ill fated Oscars and said afterwards: 'This is my Twitter. I can do whatever I want. But certain companies I work with contacted me about what I was saying.'
Darron Gibson
The Manchester United midfielder quit Twitter after a record two hours following a bombardment of abuse about his ability on the field last year.
His captain Rio Ferdinand encouraged his followers to welcome the Republic of Irerland player when he tweeted: 'We have a new member from the Man utd crew... @dgibbo28 has joined twitterverse show him some love tweeps!' Among the tweets received was: 'your performance on saturday was one of the worst I've ever seen of any utd player. scared of the ball much?' Photo: Sportsfile
Ashton Kutcher
Kutcher, the 10th most-popular Twitter user with more than 8.2 million followers, shut down his Twitter account last November after 'erroneously' tweeting his support for US football coach Joe Paterno, who was embroiled in a sex abuse scandal. He has since handed the account over to his management, until he can 'find a way to properly manage this feed'.
Micah Richards
The Manchester City player quit Twitter in February after three months of sustained racist abuse. He decided however not to call in the police. According to his manager: 'He was getting loads of racist abuse, two or three incidents a week.' Photo: PA
Miley Cyrus
The teen singer deleted her Twitter account she claims because she wants to 'keep her private life private'. However sceptics are unsure of her motivation saying there is another likely reason why Cyrus is no longer active on the social networking site: it's free. And she charges fans $29.95 per year for membership of her blog.

James McClean was forced to shut down his Twitter account yesterday, after receiving death threats from irate Northern Ireland fans in the wake of his call-up to Euro 2012. But he is not the first celeb to delete their account....

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