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Elon Musk
#1
Worlds richest man buys twitter.
First thing he does. Starts charging people for it (blue tick members).


What do we think of Mr Musk
(what would Roger Hargreaves have made of Mr Musk?)


Genius? Nutter? Bit of both?
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#2
I like that when Stephen King slagged the idea off, Musk immediately (and publicly) offered him a discount  LOL

Seriously though, he's unhinged and he comes across as particularly vindictive and spiteful. Which, given his enormous wealth, is concerning...
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#3
Everyone should delete their Twitter accounts
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#4
(02-11-2022, 12:33 PM)Welsh Cake Wrote: Everyone should delete their Twitter accounts

So tempted to do same. Am looking at alternatives, but I also have contacts and use it to (try) to market my books and website, so I dunno what I'm losing if I leave (if anything.)
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#5
I love twitter
I'm not ditching it (yet) just cos of Musk.

To me, as Ollie says, he does seem a bit unhinged. There have been numerous occasions when any criticism of him brings childish levels of vitriol and abuse.

Strangely enough, an hour after I opened this thread they were talking about it on the radio. Most thinking this $8/month is a massive mistake. That he doesn't seem to have a grand plan for twitter and is making it up as he goes along.
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#6
The $8 a month doesn't even make business sense. You've basically got writers, actors, musicians, artists, politicians, journalists all creating content for your site for free which is a huge selling point - and then you decide to charge them to keep on doing it?

But yeah, unless Musk totally fucks about with it I'm not leaving Twitter. If we boycott all social media owned by morally questionable billionaires we'll just end up back on Bebo Dodgy
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#7
(02-11-2022, 11:15 AM)ladsnet Wrote: What do we think of Mr Musk
Genius? Nutter? Bit of both?

The man is dangerous.
He's another Trump, and maybe worse.
Musk in 2024, or 2028?
(He controls Twitter after all.  Could that be his first step in a grand plan?)

(02-11-2022, 12:33 PM)Welsh Cake Wrote: Everyone should delete their Twitter accounts

Approve

Things will get worse. Sad

I suspect that Musk instills fear in Trump because he has more money, a LOT! more ($$$) which is the basis on which Trump measures people, including himself.
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#8
Musk is technically only rich because his companies and stock have value. He doesn't' have a lot of cash he can instantly access, but he is vile at the same time. He's like the Orange Idiot, but with a brain. There is something to be said, as long as accessing Twitter itself is free apart from the "verified" status, for staying on Twitter to not let it totally go unchallenged and filled with backward, bigoted, misogynistic, religious zealots. I sometimes wonder if British people realize how awful such people are as it doesn't look as if the UK really has such people, or if they are there, they aren't very visible to the world.
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#9
I find it fascinating how many people are triggered by this, yet continue to stay on the platform. Everyone is so reactionary now, wanting to see the absolute worst in people; I'm obviously in the minority. Yeah he could be a douche but it's easier to be so volatile on Twitter because a) no one holds you to account and b) everyone is desperate for the likes/retweets to see that notification come up on your smartphone.
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#10
For me personally, Twitter is the only social media platform I can stand.  I enjoy the ability to follow people I am genuinely interested in and to read their opinions, from celebs to journalists.  I'm not interested in looking at pictures on Instagram, short form video like TikTok has no appeal for me and Facebook (at least my feed) is just regular folk pretending to be more interesting than they actually are. 

I am concerned Musk will try to emulate the more 'popular' platforms and ruin the experience, be it reviving Vine and having Twitter become another short form video platform, or encouraging and welcoming the extreme personalities like Trump and Alex Jones because they generate clicks.

The problem with Twitter from a business perspective is that it doesn't really generate much income and no real profit, precisely because it has valued freedom of expression over profiteering up to now.  I suspect that will change.  You don't spend $44B on a product that doesn't make money and just leave it the way it is.  What works for me likely doesn't work for Elon, now he's severely out of pocket.

His ideas about charging for verified accounts seems short-sighted.  As has been mentioned, there are many reasons to require/want a blue tick which don't involve celebrity status. Many journalists use the system in oppressive countries to ensure they are not misrepresented on the platform by malcontents who want to devalue their opinions. 

Maybe there should be a third option, I see no reason why celebs couldn't/shouldn't pay for a certified account which perhaps provides them with some form of gravitas.  They could be given an extra level of control over the ability of others to respond to them and be allowed a level of 'walled garden' to avoid the issues experienced by many - of strangers attacking them for 'reasons' like the recent experiences of Kit Connor and many others?  That could be a paid option certainly.

Time will tell how things progress, but I certainly don't plan to delete my account just because a billionaire bought the platform.  I will wait and see.
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#11
Not going well.

He's now fired half the staff, reportedly including most of the people who do the work to moderate fake news and offensive content.

He says its losing $4M a day.
So why the supposed business genius bought it is anyone's guess.

He clearly hasn't a clue what he's doing.
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#12
Quote:So why the supposed business genius bought it is anyone's guess.

cause he missed the chance to grab Friends Reunited.
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#13
(05-11-2022, 03:39 PM)chabang Wrote:
Quote:So why the supposed business genius bought it is anyone's guess.

cause he missed the chance to grab Friends Reunited.

I don't think he ever intended to buy it.  He flapped his mouth off as he is prone to do then tried to back out of it when he realised he might actually have to follow through, saying there were too many 'bots'.  Twitter sued him to make good on his offer, and here we are.
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#14
He's vile
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#15
He's certainly getting lots and lots of media attention right now...
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#16
I get the impression he's sacked everyone so he can try and run it all single handedly.

Lots of celebs seem to be reporting getting hundreds and thousands of new bot followers all of a sudden.


Shitshow.

This could go down in history as one of the worst disasters ever.
Like the Titanic. And Brexit.
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#17
(02-11-2022, 12:33 PM)Welsh Cake Wrote: Everyone should delete their Twitter accounts

Done. Have moved to Mastodon now.
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#18
The only problem with leaving Twitter is that it's like letting the evil win.
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#19
So, in the space of 24 hours Twitter introduces a new 'Official' tag to denote a certified person or company (basically what the blue tick used to be)

AND then Musk kills it off cos he doesn't like it.


Just an utter farce. The man is unhinged
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#20
1.3 million Twitter accounts have cancelled since Musk took over.
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