This whole Elon Musk Twitter Debackle sounds like Twitter is doomed.
So, is Twitter dying or will Elon Musk take Twitter and make it better?
With Musk officially buying Twitter on October 28th, 2022, Musk closed a deal to acquire Twitter on the final day just before the Delaware Chancery Court trial would have moved forward. Most of Twitter’s top executives were fired, including CEO Parag Agrawal, chief financial officer Ned Segal, chief legal officer Vijaya Gadde and general counsel Sam Edgett.
Then November 4th came around and the chopping block was running red. Twitter began with layoffs that would cut roughly half of its 7,500-person workforce. “Today is your last working day at the company,” an email said. The subject line read “Your Role at Twitter” and was sent to the personal email addresses of those laid off.
When the November 9th launch of a new version of its subscription service, Twitter Blue, which allows users to access verification if they pay a monthly fee of $8. More like a paywall and it basically says, “The poor aren’t welcome here anymore.”
A lot of new artists out there that are just starting out can’t afford the $8 fee. Yes, to some, $8 is a lot of money these days, especially now with rising inflation. But I doubt Elon Musk can ever grasp that concept. Now, these artists probably won’t have their promoted content reached now because it will be buried under all of the rich people’s garbage tweets.
Remember when that hoax came out about Facebook?
When that hoax about Facebook was going to start charging users a monthly fee, Facebook users went off the rails. Posting rants and boycotting posts and basically going into a fit of rage. So where are the Twitter rage posts? Do people even care?
Anyway, November 10th rolled around there was a flood of fake accounts impersonating public figures and brands on Twitter after the launch of paid verification badges which prompts the company to reinstate a second layer of “official” tags.
Impostor accounts posed as a slew of well-known people and companies, including basketball star LeBron James, former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani, gaming company Nintendo of America, and even Tesla, the electric vehicle maker run by Twitter’s owner, Elon Musk. LOL!
If I were a Twitter Developer that got fired…
The Twitter Developers that were fired should get together and create a Twitter Alternative. Make their own Twitter API and make some really good money. With every Musk Tweet about how great Twitter is getting, I see the thread of that Tweet getting flooded with ex-employees or friends of ex-employees stating otherwise. If they did this, Elon Musk Twitter today would die off and the new one could just rebrand it back to the old Twitter. Or not, just sayin’.
I can tell you one thing for sure, I will not be paying $8 for a stupid blue graphic checkmark. I never paid for the original verification checkmark, to begin with, so why the hell would I pay $8 a month for one? I am certain that this will be the same mindset of all the other users out there who never got the original verified blue checkmark also.
If not getting the “Monthy Subscription Fee” account means that my content will get buried along with all the users I follow, I believe it will be safe to say that Twitter is Dead. And the fired Twitter Developers better hurry up and make a Twitter Alternative because an alternative Twitter is what I’ll be looking for soon.
Elon Musk can have his burning shipwreck that is Twitter today.
What’s your take on this Musk/Twitter Debacle? Will you get the $8 subscription? Will you go without and stick with Twitter? Will you try and find a Twitter Alternative? Post your answers in the comments below.