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New Twitter Blue on Hold

Elon Musk had planned on relaunching the new Twitter Blue on November 29th, however now it appears it is going to be a while still. Holding off relaunch of Blue Verified until there is high confidence of stopping impersonation. Will probably use different color check for organizations than individuals. — Elon Musk (@elonmusk) November 22, 2022 Seems odd given they just had added a 90-day waiting period for new Twitter accounts to be able to subscribe to Twitter Blue. I really wondering if it is more because he doesn’t have the staff left anymore (and does not want to admit…

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More Twitter Layoffs Coming

Yes, Musk wants to get rid of more employees. Seems laying off 50% of the base (around 3750 employees) at beginning of this month, then incentivizing 1200+ more to quit last week who rejected Musk’s Twitter 2.0 ultimatum plus firing employees who disagrees with him were not enough. Twitter may cut more of its shrinking workforce as early as Monday. According to Bloomberg, Elon Musk is considering new layoffs that would target the company’s sales and partnerships teams. The scale of the potential cuts is unclear but come after a large number of employees rejected Musk’s Twitter 2.0 ultimatum. On Friday, Musk…

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Weekly Roundup: The Good, The Bad and The Ugly

Today is Sunday, November 20th: time for the weekly roundup of the good, the bad and the ugly tech news of the week! For those in the US happy Thanksgiving week. The Good It is bad enough that in many parts of the US Broadband service is nearly a monopoly with one or two providers controlling the market. However, it gets worse when you try shop on their sites. The price you see is likely not even close to the price you will pay. New customer, introductory price, requires a longer commitment than a health club or cell phone contract,…

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Was The Twitter 2.0 ‘Ultimatum’ all part of Musk’s Plans?

Shortly after Musk bought Twitter, he had talked about gutting 75% of the Twitter workforce. The number later became closer to 50% of the total 7500 employees. However, many of those who survived the initial wave of lay-offs at the beginning of this month later quit (including several key executives). To add more fuel to the fire Musk announced an out-right ban on remote work (with a few exceptions). It is not certain how many more employees quit when he announced the new policy. Then there is the Twitter 2.0 Ultimatum email Musk sent out Tuesday night/Wednesday morning of this…

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90-day Waiting Period for Twitter Blue

As expected to cut down on fake verified accounts and scammers/spammers from impersonating verified accounts, Twitter has announced a 90-day waiting period for new Twitter accounts before they can subscribe to Twitter Blue. Twitter has published a policy change saying that newly-created Twitter accounts will have to wait 90 days before being allowed to subscribe to the new Twitter Blue plan and get verified. This is likely to avoid impersonation and spam from verified accounts. “Newly created Twitter accounts will not be able to subscribe to Twitter Blue for 90 days. We may also impose waiting periods for new accounts in…

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Musk’s Twitter 2.0 Ultimatum may have Backfired

Chief Twit sent out an email late Tuesday/early Wednesday with the subject Fork in The Road. The email was an ultimatum to employees who planned on staying be expected to work hardcore or else take three months of severance. The deadline was 5:00 PM ET today. “lf you are sure that you want to be part of the new Twitter, please click yes on the link below,” Musk wrote. “Anyone who has not done so by 5pm ET tomorrow (Thursday) will receive three months of severance. Whatever decision you make, thank you for your efforts to make Twitter successful.” Elon…

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Long Tweets Coming Soon?

Amidst all the chaos and what lately has been doom and gloom coming from Twitter is some good news. The ability to easily create long Tweets (280+ characters) by having them broken into threads automatically. According to a tweet posted by app researcher Jane Manchun Wong, twitter’s composer will automatically break the text into a thread when it crosses the 280-character limit. Twitter is working on making Tweet composer automatically expand into a thread when the characters count is approaching the 280 characters limit https://t.co/nigChFZ2Yn — Jane Manchun Wong (@wongmjane) November 17, 2022 As she explained in a reply to a…

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A Fork in the Road

This was the subject line of an ultimatum email Chief Twit (Elon Musk) sent to the remaining Twitter employees during the night Tuesday (does he ever sleep?) “lf you are sure that you want to be part of the new Twitter, please click yes on the link below,” Musk wrote. “Anyone who has not done so by 5pm ET tomorrow (Thursday) will receive three months of severance. Whatever decision you make, thank you for your efforts to make Twitter successful.” The email, sent late Tuesday night or early Wednesday morning, was first reported by The Washington Post and later by CNN. A screenshot…

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Twitter Quickly Imploding?

Really wondering how much longer Twitter is going to last with Musk at the helm.  Advertisers are leaving, sign-up for the new $8 USD a month Twitter Blue (his grand idea to bring Twitter back into the black) are halted due to rampant fraud and imposter accounts (not to mention it was only available on iOS). Of course, he can not say he wasn’t warned the (paid) Blue ‘Verification’ checkmark with the new Twitter Blue was going to have major issues. He can’t say he wasn’t warned what we saw with all the fake accounts wasn’t going to happen. “Motivated…

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SpaceX purchasing ‘Large’ Twitter Advertising Package

With advertisers fleeing Twitter due to various concerns about Elon Musk which could result in Twitter to having to declare bankruptcy, Elon Musk has come up with a plan to boost advertisers’ confidence. This plan involves SpaceX advertising their Starllink satellite Internet service to Twitter users in Spain and Austria. Nope, this in not a joke. So far SpaceX has purchased a ‘large’ advertising package on Twitter for a mere $160K (though this number could top $250K). Part of Twitter’s financial distress is the fact Twitter has not been profitable since 2019 is the fact when Musk purchased Twitter last…

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