The Elon Musk takeover of Twitter is going even better than I expected. Hate speech is on the rise, advertisers are leaving in droves, half the company got fired and then some of them got asked to come back because they were either laid off by accident or found to be more important than anticipated, a bunch of people who weren’t laid off quit, the entire verification system was blown up and then replaced by a different coloured version of itself…I should probably stop somewhere and get on with it. But yeah, things are going great.
All of this is why I stopped tweeting, in case you were wondering. I was on my way out anyway because it was no longer possible to open the app for even a few minutes without getting unproductively annoyed, but having a pretty good idea of how much worse things were going to get under the leadership of a mentally unstable ultra rich manbaby made for an excellent final push. I haven’t officially deleted my account (one day I might need it for something assuming the company survives), but don’t be surprised if you wake up one morning to find that I’ve quietly disappeared.
I don’t expect any of you to notice that I’ve quietly disappeared, by the way. In fact, when I checked in about a month after the last time I tweeted, a grand total of 0 people had asked where I went. Nobody who knows how has reached out through methods outside of Twitter to ask about it, either. I’m not offended by this. It’s what I expected. I said so years ago. If anyone wants to find me, it’s not that hard. You’re already here, remember.
And this is why blogs are fun. I opened this post intending to have a quick laugh at Musk and whatever might be left of his merry band of twipshits locking themselves out of the official Twitter account for almost two weeks and wound up answering a question nobody seems to know they had. Good times.
During Elon Musk’s chaotic Twitter takeover, login details for the company’s official account weren’t shared with new leadership, according to reporting by Platformer.
The $44 billion acquisition of the social media company has been disorganized, according to employees and experts alike, with reports of mass layoffs that were in some cases reversed and employees left “in limbo” about their working status.
Sources told Platformer, a newsletter run Casey Newton, former editor of The Verge, the login details for the official @Twitter social account were among the details lost in the fray.
The Twitter team finally accessed its account on Wednesday, after about 12 days, Platformer reported, though the account has not posted since October 13.