“Is Twitter dying?” Musk asks provocatively
Musk posted several tweets about Twitter and the service’s business strategy over the weekend. He wrote, among other things, provocatively on Saturday “Is Twitter dying?” He also listed the 10 Twitter accounts with the most followers and lamented: “Most of these ‘big’ accounts rarely tweet and post very little content.” He himself is in eighth place with 81 million subscribers.
On Sunday, Musk asked Twitter users in a poll whether the SMS service’s headquarters should be converted into a homeless shelter where no one comes there to work anyway. Twitter has reassured its employees that after the pandemic, they can continue to work from anywhere as long as their jobs allow. In downtown San Francisco, where Twitter is based, there are many homeless people. The tweet caught the attention of Amazon founder Jeff Bezos, among others, who noted that the online company opened an eight-story homeless shelter at its Seattle headquarters in 2020.
Musk also suggested that all customers of Twitter’s new subscription offer get verified accounts and avoid ads on their timelines. He said companies would have more power to dictate business policy if Twitter relied on ad revenue to survive.
Musk, 50, is by far the richest person in the world thanks to his holdings in Tesla and the space company SpaceX — thanks mainly to his holdings in electric car maker Tesla and space company SpaceX. Financial service Bloomberg estimates his fortune in recent stock prices at $260 billion.
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