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Talking Twitter

11/19/2022 at 9:04am EST

from Paul Sullivan of The Chicago Tribune,

Following up on something posted on Twitter would soon become an everyday part of the beat. An app we would use and abuse, curse and praise and pay close attention to morning, noon and night would changed the way people follow sports and thus the way we covered it.

Following up on something posted on Twitter would soon become an everyday part of the beat. An app we would use and abuse, curse and praise and pay close attention to morning, noon and night would changed the way people follow sports and thus the way we covered it.

If Twitter truly is on its death bed, as many have predicted since the latest exodus of employees under Elon Musk’s reign, it will be a loss for everyone — but particularly for sports fans who use it constantly from the time they wake until they go to bed, plus the occasional 3 a.m. bathroom break...

Influencers will have no one to influence, trolls will go unblocked and brand-name sports media stars will be left in a lurch. If a “Woj bomb” falls in an empty Twittersphere with no one around to retweet it, would it still make a sound?

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retrospecd

Twitter isn't going anywhere and every clown was posting "here's my last post cuz twitta is DED"

Then 48 hours later...nothing has changed..literally you cannot even tell anyone has been fired.

What does that tell you?

Megacap tech companies have been getting away with overpaying underperformers because of cheap money and 0% interest rates.

Even the clowns who claimed they were leaving are still there...complaining about Twitter on Twitter....

HippyDave

I think this guy needs a Twittervention.

OlderThanChelios

If Twitter truly is on its death bed, as many have predicted since the latest exodus of employees under Elon Musk’s reign...

As Mark Twian once wote: "The reports of my death have been greatly exaggerated."

The "exodus" of employees at Twitter is not only being exaggerated by the media, it's being enouraged by them — led by the snowflakes at CBS who said they were suspending all of their accounts "out of an abundance of caution." Apparently they're afraid that those users who disagree with their version of the news aren't going to be banned any more.

The reality is most of those employees who are leaving Twitter are doing it because Musk told them to show up at the office and work their asses off. No free lunch. No therapy llamas. Just hard work. The thought of actually having to earn their bloated salaries made their heads explode. Welcome to the real world, snowflakes. That's what a job is all about.

SteebOlderThanChelios

Curious where you're getting all this. Not doubting you, just curious about your source.

OlderThanCheliosSteeb

What? Are you questioning me, Steeb? Well, I'm just going to have to report you to...oh, wait, there's no one left to reort you to. :-)

[This is where we really need emoticons, Paul?]

Anyway, what was it that you were curious about, Steeb?  Everything I said about the employees' reaction to Musk has been reported all over the media. But most of the MSM frame their reporting with headlines like: "Twitter Employees React to Elon Musk's Boardroom Massacre" (Newsweek) and "Twitter Chaos Spills into Public View" (CNN) and "Elon Musk demands Twitter staff commit to 'long hours' or leave" (CNBC) and "‘Elon Is Watching’: Twitter Employees Panic On Musk’s First Day As Owner" (Forbes).

My favorite is from TMZ where, under the headline of "CBS News Suspends Tweets Company-Wide ... Amid Twitter Uncertainty," they say..."rumored chaos at the bird app's HQ ... where a majority of employees are said to have quit recently, leaving Twitter as a bare-bones operation and at risk of completely shutting down. That hasn't happened quite yet, but the fear is there."

That's one of my favorite approaches by the media to almost everything they don't like. "Well, it hasn't really happened, but it could. So let's go crazy now so, in the unlikely case that it does happen, we can say we saw it coming."

So, to recap. Musk bought Twitter. He demanded that employees work in the office, and work their asses off. He streamlined the bloated staff to give the company a chance to finally be profitable. And he set up procedures that prevent the 20-sometings on the staff from banning anyone who says something they don't like. The result is free speech (except in the case of hate speech or threats of violence).

The bastard. ;-)

SteebOlderThanChelios

I also think that maybe you're overestimating how many people get their news from TMZ.

OlderThanCheliosSteeb

Yeah, and these days, how many get their news from CNN, CNBC or Newsweek?

The point is everyone at the helm of ABC, CBS, NBC, CNN, MSNBC, CNBC, and PBS seems to have the same "take" on Musk acquiring Twitter: democracy is about to die. And my take is that they react that way because people who disagree with them are now allowed to voice their personal opinion (within the bounds of propriety).

SteebOlderThanChelios

I don't, nor have I ever had, a Twitter acct. I don't pay a lot of attention to it, but if it disappeared tonite, I think the world would be a better place.

I have taken a bunch of their money, tho.

OlderThanCheliosSteeb

And, like you, my friend, I've never had an account with The Twitter people. In fact, the only practical use I've ever seen for its existence is at the trade deadline when it becomes an extremely efficient method for delivering breaking news in near-real time.

I have taken a bunch of their money, tho.

Yeah. Musk wants to talk to you about that. Could you meet him at his office on Monday at 8:00?  :-)

evileye

I think it is a bit naïve to think that all those departures from Twitter won't have an affect. While I don't necessarily see it as a death nail for the platform, it is possible it'll have to go through some more growing pains as they reconfigure staff.

This isn't just an employer looking to trim the excess workforce. He's trying to create a workforce in his own image, one that is willing to put work before family, work an exorbitant number of hours and work nose to the grindstone every hour they are at work.


But many of these are highly skilled workers who NEED mental breaks to perform at their best. Many can easily find a job elsewhere that is willing to provide the work-life balance they are after. Sure, there are many who will stick around because they like the kind of challenge Musk MIGHT provide. But with 3 weeks of severance being offered, many will use it as an opportunity to move on to the next chapter of their career.

I know the media exaggerates this. Frankly, most the media has zero idea of what is involved in building an maintain such a platform. As a software developer for over 30 years now, I understand it better than most. Musk is not going to be able to treat this like his other enterprises because there is a LOT more competition in this space and his skilled workers, especially the youngest and oldest groups can find other better jobs.

We are still in the relatively early stages of social-media. There will be more platforms that come and go in the near and distant future. Keeping a good knowledgeable workforce is key to evolving a company. I personally don't think an inflexible approach is a good way to go about it.

I have a Twitter account but never use it. If it goes away tomorrow, no loss for me. I'd be much more affected if KK disappeared. Would the world be a better place without Twitter? Perhaps, but there will likely always be a similar platform. What might worry me more is that if Twitter goes away, TikTok becomes the dominant platform, owned by the Chinese. That CAN'T be good.

Time will tell. But don't make the mistake of comparing the software industry to other industries. Things work a lot different here. What's hot one day is gone the next. It takes true commitment, flexibility and happy employees to keep stuff running.

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