Rupert Murdoch’s (maybe) farewell to Twitter is the end of an era

Another bitter blow for Twitter arrived on Friday as media baron Rupert Murdoch bid adieu to the microblogging service – or did he? On 4 March, the day of his wedding to actor-model Jerry Hall, Murdoch signed off thusly:

— Rupert Murdoch (@rupertmurdoch)
March 4, 2016

No more tweets for ten days or ever! Feel like the luckiest AND happiest man in world.

The “or” leaves some hope for his 745,000 fans. But if this is it, he will be missed. The 84-year-old founder of News Corporation often made headlines simply by expressing his opinion on the news of the day, notably by predicting what would happen in conservative politics around the world, occasionally baiting the chattering classes by retweeting something like this:

— VJ Machiavelli (@VJMachiavelli)
August 24, 2015

Rupert Murdoch wants Michael Bloomberg to run for president

Memo to @rupertmurdoch WRONG it’s #FireAilesNow Time

And immediately following it up with something like this:

— Rupert Murdoch (@rupertmurdoch)
August 24, 2015

I did not say I would vote for him! Just a friend I admire.

Recently, Murdoch avowed himself a fan of Republican presidential candidate Ben Carson and a sucker for rags-to-riches stories, though he tended to emphasize the riches over the rags. And while enthusiastic and reliably entertaining about politics, he was not always correct:

— Rupert Murdoch (@rupertmurdoch)
September 9, 2015

Seems Corbyn slightly less certain of winning, Cooper just might do it on preferences.

And, as is so often reflected in the editorial pages of his newspapers, he held strong opinions about the necessity of the environment, and opinions about those opinions.

— Rupert Murdoch (@rupertmurdoch)
August 27, 2015

A climate change skeptic not a denier. Sept UN meets in NY with endless alarmist nonsense from u know whom! Pessimists always seen as sages

He was also changeable – his disdain for Donald Trump transformed into something like grudging acceptance over the course of Trump’s campaign as Murdoch, with the rest of the world, gradually came around to the idea that the Las Vegas hotelier’s bid for the US presidency was more than a lengthy gag. In July, he was distinctly unimpressed …

— Rupert Murdoch (@rupertmurdoch)
July 19, 2015

When is Donald Trump going to stop embarrassing his friends, let
alone the whole country?

… but by Wednesday of this week he had apparently made his peace with the idea of President Trump.

— Rupert Murdoch (@rupertmurdoch)
March 2, 2016

As predicted, Trump reaching out to make peace with Republican “establishment”. If he becomes inevitable party would be mad not to unify.

And of course, he regularly called for calm during times of turmoil and upheaval:

— Rupert Murdoch (@rupertmurdoch)
June 28, 2015

Conclusive win for gay rights, but let’s not have war on freedom of speech or religion. Would defy all American ideals.

But he paid attention to the news closer than most, and he always supported the home team, especially the old-style newspapermen and -women who had helped to sell his products, especially those with an eye for a catchy front page.

— Rupert Murdoch (@rupertmurdoch)
June 9, 2015

“Headless Body in Topless Bar”. Brilliant author of iconic NYPost headline, Vincent Musetto. May he rest in peace.

Now the octogenarian has found happiness in the arms of a former supermodel, Murdoch clearly isn’t feeling the need of Twitter. Love needs more than 140 characters. Farewell Rupert, the subtweeters will miss you.


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