Here’s what’s happening with Twitter
Hundreds of employee resignations started rolling in at Twitter earlier today after Elon Musk, the company’s new owner, gave the company an ultimatum.
First reported by The Washington Post, Musk sent a company wide email late Wednesday night.
From The Post Article:
Elon Musk issued an ultimatum to Twitter employees Wednesday morning: Commit to a new “hardcore” Twitter or leave the company with severance pay.
Twitter is shifting to an engineer-driven operation — one that “will need to be extremely hardcore” going forward, according to the midnight email, which was obtained by The Washington Post.
Employees were asked to click an icon and respond by Thursday if they wanted to stay.
“This will mean working long hours at high intensity,” he said. “Only exceptional performance will constitute a passing grade.”
What came after was a mass resignation at the company. Twitter users who have interpreted the move by workers as the end of the platform, took to the app to share where others could find them. Others said their last goodbyes.
Musk bought Twitter for $44 Billion just three weeks ago.
A Personal Note
Twitter has always been my favorite social media platform since I first joined more than 12 years ago. I’ve always felt that, out of all the social media platforms before or since, it reflected the closest thing to the true spirit of what the internet was meant to be.
I don’t think Twitter will end tonight, or over the weekend as many are Tweeting now. But I have seen a good number of my favorite accounts jump ship to other platforms.
Whatever happens, I’ve been reminded tonight that the trade-off of an open and decentralized network is all the extra work it takes to stay connected. In the end, Twitter is not the internet. And if we want a truly open communication platform, it shouldn’t be.
So here’s a few links to other platforms you can find me on out on the world wide web. Here’s to new adventures–cheers!
Where else you can find me
And, if it doesn’t die, you can still find me on Twitter: @pblodlr