Could the trend of musicians using Twitter starting to reverse? Probably not, but Nine Inch Nails frontman Trent Reznor said yesterday that after "experimenting" with social networking, he's ready to call it quits.
In a lengthy blog post on his band's website (linked -- for the last time it seems -- to his Twitter feed), Reznor explained his rationale for joining the online community in the first place.
"When Twitter made it's way to my radar I looked at it as a curiosity, then started experimenting," he said. "I approached that as a place to be less formal and more off-the-cuff, honest and 'human.' I was not expecting to broadcast details of my love life there, but it happened because I'm in love and it's all I think about and that's that."
But those love notes were tarnished when an enemy known as "Metal Sludge" came on the scene -- a group of people who Reznor characterized as "unattractive plump females who publicly fantasize about having sex with guys in bands."
He accused them of "spewing hate" at himself and his fiancé. He also called them "people nobody will fuck" and offered instructions for ways to remedy their existence: "Cutter's tip for my friends there: remember to cut along the length of vein, not across," he said, adding darkly "Bigger payoff."
And don't expect anymore online-lessons-in-life-ending from this guy. "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. Idiots rule," he said.
But Reznor didn't call it quits without saying a proper goodbye -- complete with the implication that not only had he landed himself a hottie, but also that he had more important things to do than hang out online (take that internet geeks!).
"With all of that said, I have business in the real world to attend to including wrapping up the live version of NIN, doing some cool new shit and spending as much time as possible with the most amazing woman in the world."