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By Melissa Hunter

So far, we've all survived four excruciating days of a Miley Cyrus-less Twitterverse, but now, the unthinkable has happened: Courtney Love has gone Twitter AWOL. That's right, no more TwitPic shoots with a turtle; no more messages about her boobs ghost-tweeting; no more nonsensical, outraged rants.

I'll give you a chance to collect yourself to write a mournful tweet in her honor. A lonesome tweet @-replying to no one.

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There's speculation that Love's account was shut down because she posted a series of incendiary tweets about fashion designer Dawn Simorangkir, calling her a "nasty lying hosebag thief" among other 140-character-or-less insults. This wasn't the first of it, as the designer filed a lawsuit against Love back in March for libelous messages on her Twitter and MySpace pages.

Courtney Love saying libelous things about somebody!? Ease up, there, Simorangkir. That's what the Internet was made for: Making under-researched, un-sourced debasing statements about people we don't really know. That's kind of my job.

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But let's get back to the issue at hand, because I'm sure you're as scared as me about the unthinkable trend that has commenced. Lily Allen, too, has disappeared from the Twitterverse saying "I am a neo-luddite, goodbye." Gah! How dramatic (and surprisingly esoteric) of her. First Miley, then Courtney, and now Lily!? They're dropping like flies! Extremely wealthy flies!

Might this be the end of celebrities on Twitter? What kind of world would it be without live feeds of celebrity updates? What is this, mid-2008? Will we have to revert to the old-fashioned way of receiving updates via the spoken word and/or publicists? Miley's ill-conceived "hip hop" explanation of her departure is not a good sign as to what might be in store for us.

Give celebrities 140-characters to express themselves for a year and there may be no going back to "normal human communication."

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