#RIPTwitter, #TwitterDown and #GoodByeTwitter are among the trending hashtags on the social media platform as the world follows the latest car crash developments in slow motion.
Two developments in particular are raising fears that Twitter’s problems could get worse…
After about half the workforce was laid off, Musk told the rest that they would have to commit to working long hours hard if they wanted to keep their jobs. Only “extraordinary” performances would be considered good enough to keep her role. He gave them less than 48 hours to agree to new and unspecified terms of employment or he would consider them terminated.
Musk apparently hoped the tactic would convince most remaining employees to sign up for a grueling work schedule, but reports suggest that wasn’t the case. When the deadline expired wealth According to reports, only about 25% of the surviving employees had agreed, suggesting that if Musk carries out his threat, only a thousand employees may remain in office.
Some employees who left the company speculated that so many left with their knowledge of how the product worked that the social network could struggle to fix problems or update systems during its normal operations, according to people familiar with the matter .
The image became clear to the billionaire owner as the deadline neared, and he began attempting to erase it. He initially softened his tone on remote work, explaining that it is now allowed if supervisors allow it, but those supervisors must take responsibility for their remote workers performing “outstandingly”. The clear implication was that managers would risk their own jobs.
Musk followed this up by inviting those he deemed essential to the company who hadn’t signed the pledge to a meeting and trying to persuade them to stay.
A panicked Musk responded by deactivating all employee badges, fearing those leaving the company might sabotage things.
In a comical twist, it turned out that one of those fired was the only person who was able to let Musk and his team back into the building.
It’s currently unclear if Musk will reverse his “no pledge, no job” stance. Employees who did not sign the agreement report that they still had full access to Twitter’s internal systems after the deadline.
Many Twitter users are pondering their plans should the platform die. The main contender as a potential replacement seems to be Mastodon, whose subscriber numbers have tripled to over 1.6 million in the last two weeks.
While this is of course trivial compared to Twitter, self-proclaimed data junkie James Eagle put together a fun animation to show that market dominance at any given point in time doesn’t necessarily mean much.
Others look to Instagram or Tumblr, while others joke that it might be time for MySpace to make its comeback.
Right now, Twitter’s demise looks like an unlikely prospect. That said, if I wanted to kill the company, I can’t think of a more effective way than Musk’s various actions since taking ownership.
We don’t know at this point if the reported number of effective resignations is accurate, nor if the king of the U-turn will make good on his threat to let her go. If both are actually the case, various service failures can be expected in the short term. Anyone who makes predictions is braver than me.
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