Episode 147: Deep Dive: Twitter Chaos

If you’ve been online at all over the past few weeks, you’ve probably caught a whiff of rapid decline of Twitter. Since Elon Musk was forced to spend a cool court-ordered US$44 billion on the platform, each day has brought a fresh crop of twists, turns, backflips, and of course, memes.

If it feels like things are changing every few hours: yes. There will probably be something new by the end of this sentence. It’s been tricky to keep up as the plot increasingly thickens so we’re here to catch you up on all the juicy Twitter goss.

Show notes

It’s entirely possible that even more news will come to light by the time you listen to this episode, so we highly encourage you to keep an eye on the news.

That being said, Amanda has been covering the chaos extensively, so her work is a fantastic place to start:

  • Elon Musk is reportedly now officially in charge at Twitter, fires top execs. [Mashable]
  • Elon Musk bought Twitter for $44 billion, so now its users want to leave or tank its value. [Mashable]
  • Elon Musk says Twitter Blue will cost $8, and include blue tick verification. [Mashable]
  • Elon Musk will reportedly lay off thousands of Twitter employees by Friday morning. [Mashable]
  • Elon Musk’s paid Twitter verification is delayed, and unlabelled parody banned. [Mashable]
  • Elon Musk’s SpaceX has reportedly bought ads on Elon Musk’s Twitter. [Mashable]
  • How to download all your tweets from Twitter. [Mashable]
  • Twitter staffers have called Elon Musk’s ‘hardcore’ bluff, sparking potential mass exodus. [Mashable]

And here are some extra reporting from Tegan around the utter confusion and chaos of the ‘official’ label, even between Musk and his own team in public:

  • Twitter confirms ‘official’ label for brands, governments, and media, but don’t call it verification. [SmartCompany]
  • Elon Musk kills ‘official’ label one day after launching, Twitter manager claims it’s still alive. [SmartCompany]

And here are some further updates:

  • Elon Musk runs a Twitter poll, and reinstates Donald Trump’s account as a result. [ABC]

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