Rock Daily was saddened to learn this weekend that Nine Inch Nails' Trent Reznor deleted his Twitter account, officially ending his tenure on the 140-character social network. What was once among our favorite Twitters to follow is now a "That Page Doesn't Exist." Reznor had in the past flirted with permanently absconding from Twitter after receiving a plethora of nasty messages concerning himself and his fiancée, West Indian Girl frontwoman Mariqueen Maandig, stating that "idiots rule" on social networks. However, Reznor eventually returned to Twitter, albeit briefly, to announce plans for the Nine Inch Nails' final U.S. tour and to recommend artists like Grizzly Bear and Mew.
Reznor's Twitter page first made headlines when he started an epic 140-character battle with former Soundgarden frontman Chris Cornell, saying of Cornell's new album Scream, "You know that feeling you get when somebody embarrasses themselves so badly YOU feel uncomfortable? Heard Chris Cornellâ€™s record? Jesus." Reznor didn't just use his Twitter to slam other artists, however, as he helped raise nearly $1 million for a fan in need of a heart transplant using the service as well as gave fans an inside access to upcoming tour dates, projects and his collaboration with Jane's Addiction.
As Rock Daily reported when Trent originally ditched Twitter, Reznor said, "When Twitter made it's way to my radar I looked at it as a curiosity, then started experimenting. I thought it through and in light of where I was / am in my career I decided to lower the curtain a bit and let you see more of my personality," Reznor said. "I watched some of you get more engaged because you started to realize there's a person (flaws and all) back there, and I watched some of you recoil in horror because I'm not what you projected on me." In the end, the idiots ended up ruling, and Reznor ditched Twitter without even Tweeting goodbye.