Twitter roundup

Elon Musk “alone” because he’s a paywall

Another day, there’s another report on Twitter — from describing early investor Elon Musk as “alone and outdone” to the billionaire owner considering putting the entire Twitter platform behind a firewall.

A former senior engineer on Twitter told the story of how the company wanted him to comply with the carrier’s request to track individual users’ locations from leaving home in the morning to wherever they went during the day…

Elon Musk “Alone and His Followers”

Twitter lead investor and venture capitalist Chris Saka said that Musk has one of the greatest minds he’s ever known, but the billionaire is Totally alone now Because there is no one around him who dares to speak the truth to the authority.

I’ve known Elon for a long time. I admired his thinking and ambition. His ability to notice and question assumptions embedded in the rest of our thinking is a rare kind of genius that I’ve only seen in great minds. His success so far is no accident. Tesla is a positive world […]

But Twitter is not going to improve for users, nor will its large-scale advertisers return, and its massive investment will not pay off unless there is real dialogue leading to thoughtful progress and stability. […]

This guy is alone. He has a lot of “friends” and is the life of parties and dinners. But the hard truth is that he’s straight on his own right now and he’s getting better at it […]

I really want this thing to work. The only way I can see this happening is if anyone around Elon can tell some truth to power and complement his bold and ambitious instincts with much-needed nuances. Humans don’t have problems with math and physics […]

I can’t sit back and watch a man I’ve been looking forward to for over a decade stumble upon this opportunity, drive even more crazy, and potentially hurt a bunch of people in the process.

the whole thing Worth reading.

Consider the pay-as-you-go holder for the entire platform

a Curriculum The report says that “Freedom of Expression” Elon Musk has discussed Twitter’s entire situation behind the paywall.

[The paywall would mean] Charge most or all users a subscription fee to use Twitter.

Both Musk and Sacks have discussed the idea in recent meetings, according to a person familiar with the matter. The person said that one of these plans might allow everyone to use Twitter for a limited amount of time each month but would require a subscription to continue browsing.

You can’t tell how serious Musk and Sacks is about the paywall. Twitter did not respond to a request for comment.

Twitter Blue plans will lose money

Musk has promoted Twitter Blue as a way to bring in additional revenue, but auditors of the numbers seem to have concluded that it will have the opposite effect.

Employees warned of a secondary feature of the new Blue that Musk added at the last minute: reducing ad load in the Twitter app by half. The sources said it was estimated that Twitter would lose about $6 in ad revenue per user per month in the US by making this change. When you factor in Apple and Google’s share of the $8 monthly subscription, Twitter . likely lose Money on blue if ad light plan is activated.

“The basics are not there,” said a former employee who worked on the plans.

The planned and controversial pay-to-play verification feature has been delayed until after the midterms.

Twitter wants fired engineers back; Facing lawsuits

Musk has fired about 50% of Twitter employees worldwide, which amounts to about 3,700 layoffs. It was reportedly set up after managers were asked to provide two-sentence reports on each member of their team: one sentence about what they did, and the other about why they should be retained.

Surprisingly, this absurd reductionist approach has backfired, with Twitter now seeking to re-employ some of those it set free.

Some of those laid off with three months’ pay fear that Twitter may simply cancel their repeat notifications, and then fire them for some reason if they refuse to come back — meaning a loss of compensation. Others who have been laid off are suing the company, claiming they were chosen because they weren’t currently productive, for reasons ranging from maternity leave to cancer treatment.

Twitter wanted to sell individual user location data

A former senior Twitter engineer posted a thread describing how the carrier asked the company to sell it detailed location data. Steve Krenzel He said Twitter asked him to comply, and was nothing but his refusal to do so, escalating it to Jack Dorsey, who witnessed the plan abandoned.

I finished meeting with a manager who came puffing and puffing. The manager said “We have to know when users leave their homes, commute to work, and everywhere they go throughout the day. Anything less than that is useless. We get so much more than that from other tech companies” […]

The last email I wrote on Twitter was to Jack. To his credit, he responded quickly with something poignant “Let me look into that and make sure there’s no misunderstanding. It doesn’t sound right. We don’t want to do that.”

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