October 6th, 2010
11:02 AM ET
The Twitter community may be mourning the loss of John Mayer but the singer says he left the social networking site for the sake of his art.
MTV reports that the former king of oversharing, who quit Twitter in September, explained it all in a blog post that appears to have been removed. "It occurred to me that since the invocation of Twitter, nobody who has participated in it has created any lasting art," he wrote. "And yes! Yours truly is included in that roundup as well."
In fact, Mayer, 32, claims that most people's tweets are "disposable," and goes on to question, "Has any artist, since they've begun to give you daily insights into their life, created their best work yet? Are the best writers of our time on Twitter?"
Ultimately, Mayer concluded, "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. Anything less is day trading. You can either get a bunch of mentions now or change someone's life next year."
That said, the soulful songwriter believes that Twitter does serve a purpose, particularly for people who are seeking celebrity.
"I'm not knocking Twitter for those who are trying to make a name for themselves," he said. "Some people need all the RTs they can get today. But for those who have already established themselves it's a slow erosion of the artistic notion."
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