"Tweet of God" Twitter Account Done: Author Reveals Why He's Stopping
Like the Almighty perhaps, the prolific writer and 'Daily Show' producer wants to think bigger than 140 characters.
David Javerbaum, longtime Daily Show producer, prolific writer and the man behind @TheTweetofGod is taking God offline, revealing to KPCC's The Frame that he's retiring from updating the Twitter account.
Javerbaum pointed to several reasons for making the call to "cut the cord" with his more than 2 million followers. But mostly, Javerbaum just has "other things he wants to do."
"It's been taking up too much of my time and energy and mental agility. … I just have to, at a certain point, just cut that cord. And the point was this weekend," Javerbaum told The Frame, explaining, "The triggering event was I got hacked. The Twitter account got hacked. God got hacked, which wasn't surprising. There were a number of obscene messages put up there briefly and then removed. There was a pornographic picture of Garfield. I just have to move on."
Javerbaum, who has also worked on The Late Late Show with James Corden and written the play, An Act of God, which premiered on Broadway starring Jim Parsons and now is at the Abrahamson Theatre in Los Angeles with Sean Hayes in the lead, also spoke about the constraints of the medium: "Also working on twitter for a long time, it just miniaturizes the way you think, because that's the medium. You're a miniaturist. And if I'm going to work on other things that require anything longer — i.e. anything else in the world — I need to stop doing that."
Being God is a tough gig to retire from — with all the followers and all — but Javerbaum acknowledges that the thrill itself the reason he feels he really needs to move on.
"I think the thing I'll miss most is the thing I'm leaving deliberately," he says. "You tweet something and immediately you see people retweeting it and it feels like, 'Oh, you have made people laugh. You have caused people to react.
"And it's a rush. It's a limbic brain rush to do that. But heroin is also a limbic brain rush, and that is problematic. And after a while — it's been five-and-a-half years — and, again it was prompted by the hack. But I want to think about other things. I want to do other things. I'm done. If I have more jokes to offer or anything else to offer the world, I would like it to be in a different medium … like MySpace or Compuserve."
While the twittersphere is now beginning to feel the full weight of God's retirement, apparently Javerbaum's wife actually broke the news Monday on her Twitter account @TweetOfMrsGod.
My husband @TheTweetOfGod and I are leaving the Twitterverse for a new cosmos. There’s milk in the fridge. Good luck and godbye.— Mrs. God (@TweetOfMrsGod) February 15, 2016