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National Post columnist and prolific tweeter Andrew Coyne has quit Twitter, saying he is "refocusing."

Mr. Coyne, who also appears as a panelist on CBC television, caused a stir on the social networking site by removing his profile on Friday.

Contacted by email, Mr. Coyne said: "Lordy. It's just Twitter. It's not that big a deal. Just refocusing, that's all."

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Several Twitter users pointed out that Mr. Coyne's personal website appeared to be hacked, but Mr. Coyne said that happened "long ago" and that he hadn't gotten around to reclaiming it.

Before he cancelled his Twitter account, Mr. Coyne, who joined the service in February, 2008, had almost 72,000 followers and just over 118,000 tweets, according to Dataminr, a social media analytics tool.

Mr. Coyne, who was part of the National Post team when it launched, has also worked at Maclean's, The Globe and Mail and the Southam newspaper chain.

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