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Ricky Gervais: Twitter is 'undignified' for adults and just 'showing off' for celebrities

Ricky Gervais has broken celebrity ranks to criticise Twitter, claiming that posting on the micro-blogging site is an "undignified" activity for adults.

The comedian and creator of The Office complained that famous people used Twitter to "show off".

Jonathan Ross, Demi Moore and Gordon Brown's wife, Sarah, are prolific Twitterers.

Writing on his blog, Gervais said he had tried Tweeting but abandoned it in a matter of days because he found it pointless.

"I just don't get it, I'm afraid. I'm sure it's fun as a networking device for teenagers but there's something a bit undignified about adults using it. Particularly celebrities who seem to be showing off by talking to each other in public," he said.

"If I want to tell a friend, famous or otherwise what I had to eat this morning, I'll text them. And since I don't need to make new virtual friends, it seemed a bit pointless to be honest."

Stephen Fry is Britain's most popular celebrity Twitterer, building up 1.2 million followers and posting everything from his choice of breakfast to a picture of himself stuck in a lift.

At the beginning of the year, Fry announced that he was temporarily withdrawing from the site - and from posting on his website - in order to complete his memoirs.

He wrote: "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."

© Telegraph.co.uk