Trent Reznor Gives Up On Twitter, Blames It On “Unattractive Plump Females”Jun 11th, 2009 | By James Lewin | Category: Commentary, General, Microblogging
Nine Inch Nails’ Trent Reznor has been doing some amazing things over the last few years, experimenting with new media and doing more than any other major musician to forge a new model for using the Internet to interact directly with his fans.
Here’s a few examples:
- Reznor has released several albums as free downloads, using a Creative Commons license.
- Reznor’s Nine Inch Nails site offers a variety of free NIN podcasts
- He’s reinvented the concert video, filming shows with cheap HD cameras and uploading the footage YouTube
- He’s embraced Twitter, quickly amassing over six hundred thousand followers.
Now, though, Reznor says he’s giving up on social networks because of a seemingly endless stream of negativity from anonymous members:
I will be tuning out of the social networking sites, because at the end of the day it’s now doing more harm than good in the bigger picture and the experiment seems to have yielded a result.
By closing the door on Twitter and social networks, Reznor’s cutting off a direct channel to hundreds of thousands of Nine Inch Nails fans.
And, in a move that he may regret, he blames his decision on “unattractive plump females who publicly fantasize about having sex with guys in bands” and then goes on to explain how they can best slit their wrists.
Reznor’s Twitter experiment has crashed and burned.
Do you think having 600,000 followers is inherently unmanageable? Or could Reznor do something different on Twitter to maintain a direct relationship with his fans but avoid the trolls?