Elon Musk, the CEO of Twitter, received a lot of criticism for his controversial changes to the micro-blogging site. On Wednesday, he made fun of his critics who said that the social media giant would fail under his leadership. “Wasn’t Twitter supposed to be dead by now or something…? In a series of tweets, he said, “Maybe we’ve gone to heaven/hell and don’t know it.”
Why Did Elon Musk Say Twitter is Dead?
Right now, Elon Musk is at the centre of everything going on on the Internet. His decision to buy the largest social media platform in the world made people happy, worried, and indifferent in equal parts. Throughout the lengthy legal battle and the eventual purchase of Twitter, the billionaire was constantly criticised in harsh terms.
Even though critics keep saying that Twitter will fail and that Musk’s involvement is making things worse, the 51-year-old seems not to care. Musk has been aggressively promoting Twitter in almost all of his tweets, but sometimes he responds to his critics with sarcasm.
Wasn’t Twitter supposed to die by now or something … ?
— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) November 23, 2022
On Tuesday, Musk sent out a tweet aimed at people who have been critical of his purchase and the changes he has made to the platform. Many people were about to give up on Twitter because of all the layoffs, significant changes to the forum, the USD 8 verification plan, etc.
Musk asked in a snarky tweet if the platform wasn’t supposed to fall apart, as some critics had said it would. His tweet said, “Wasn’t Twitter supposed to die by now or something…?” His tweet garnered over 360K likes, 30K retweets, and 5K quote tweets.
Musk had just said that the $8-a-month Twitter Blue service would be on hold for a while. This tweet comes at the same time. Musk tweeted a day ago that the paid service wouldn’t go live until the company was sure it could stop the rise of impersonators.
On November 17, Musk gave the Twitter staff a choice: either fill out an online form or take three months of pay and leave. He emailed the employees telling them they had to commit to working long hours and hard while the company changed. The Tesla boss had set the deadline as 5 p.m. New York Time. Musk wrote in his email, “For Twitter to work, we will have to be very “hardcore.”
After the request, many people quit their jobs at Twitter across all departments. On the social media site, people used hashtags like “RIP Twitter,” “Twitter is down,” and “Goodbye Twitter.”
Maybe we’ve gone to heaven/hell & don’t know it 🤔
— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) November 23, 2022
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What Plans Does Elon Musk Have?
Elon Musk texted Twitter CEO Parag Agrawal in April, “I have a tonne of ideas, but like if I’m pushing too hard. I want Twitter to be as awesome as possible. A few days later, he agreed to join the company’s board of directors. A few weeks later, he decided to purchase the business instead, tried to back out of the agreement, sued Twitter and lost, and then, it appears, decided to move forward with the deal after all. Despite all the back and forth over the past few months, it is still evident that Musk appreciates Twitter as a platform, is aware of its allure and influence, and has many suggestions on how to improve it.
In an ideal world, we might now predict with near certainty that Musk will acquire the majority stake in Twitter. However, given that Elon Musk is involved, the adage “anything can happen and the ridiculous thing will probably” still holds. There is still plenty of time for this bargain to collapse before the October 17th trial.
But let’s pretend for a moment that the deal does conclude at some point shortly. We may now go on to the following concern: what will a Twitter-owned by Musk look like? Musk has given us some hints over the past six months about how he would work to transform the platform and perhaps the entire goal and objective of Twitter. And on Tuesday, he indicated the direction it was going. After the news of his fresh bid became public, he tweeted, “Buying Twitter is an accelerant to inventing X, the everything app.”
You should believe Musk about as much as you would consider any other Extremely Online poster, which is to say, not much at all, as is typical of Musk, particularly of Musk with Twitter. Musk frequently says things he doesn’t mean, and his beliefs evolve; things could change once he owns the company, he might not own it or run it for very long, or he might just shut the whole thing down for fun!
Honestly, we need more African-American social media owners.
You’re really doing a great job.
— Lavern Spicer 🇺🇸 (@lavern_spicer) November 23, 2022
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