Elon Musk ‘alone’ as he plans to pay for the entire platform; Then

Another day, another Twitter spin – from an early investor describing Elon Musk as “sad and floating” to a billionaire owner considering putting the entire Twitter platform behind a paywall.

A former senior Twitter engineer also shared how the company wanted him to comply with the carrier’s request to track individual users’ locations from when they left home in the morning to wherever they went during the day…

Elon Musk “goes alone and flies away”

Chris Sacca, Twitter’s first investor and venture capitalist, says Musk has one of the greatest minds he’s ever met, but the billionaire is completely alone now because he has no one around him who dares to speak truth to power.

I’ve known Elon for a long time. I admired his thinking and his ambition. His ability to notice and challenge the assumptions that inform the rest of our thinking is a rare kind of genius that I have only seen in the greatest minds. Its success to date is no accident. Tesla is the positive world [因

But Twitter will not improve for users, advertisers will not return to scale, and its huge investment will not pay off unless there is a real conversation that leads to progress and to a perceived stability. [因

This man is alone. He has many “buddies” and is the life of parties and dinner parties. But the hard truth is that he is alone now and he is piloting it [因

I really want this thing to work. The only way I see that happening is if someone around Elon can speak truth to power and complement his bold and ambitious instincts with some much-needed nuance. People are not math and physics problems [因

I can’t sit by and watch a man I’ve admired for over a decade grope for this opportunity, stir up more craziness, and probably hurt a bunch of people in the process.

all threads worth reading.

Musk is considering paying for the entire platform

A Platform The report states that “free speech absolutist” Elon Musk is considering putting all of Twitter behind a paywall.

[The paywall would mean] charge most or all users a subscription fee to use Twitter.

Both Musk and Sacks discussed the idea in recent meetings, according to a person familiar with the matter. Such a plan would allow anyone to use Twitter for a limited time each month, but would require a subscription to continue browsing, the person said.

It’s unclear how serious Musk and Sacks are about the paywall; Twitter did not respond to a request for comment.

Twitter Blue plans to lose

Musk sees Twitter Blue as a way to generate additional revenue, but the calculators seem to have concluded that it will have the opposite effect.

Employees warned about a second feature of the new Blue that Musk added at the last minute: splitting the ad load in the Twitter app. Estimates show Twitter will lose about $6 in advertising revenue per user per month in the United States by making the change, sources said. Factoring in Apple and Google’s share of the $8 monthly subscription, it’s likely Twitter disappear money to Blue if the ad-light plan is adopted.

“The fundamentals of the business weren’t there,” said a former employee who worked on the plans.

The hugely controversial planned paid verification after the mid-terms has been delayed.

Twitter wants fired engineers back; facing charges

Musk has laid off about 50% of Twitter’s global staff, amounting to about 3,700 layoffs. They were reportedly created after asking managers to give a two-sentence report to each member of their team: one sentence on what they did, the other on why they should be kept.

Surprisingly, this absurd reductionist approach has backfired, with Twitter now looking to rehire some of those they fired.

Some of those laid off with three months’ pay fear that Twitter could revoke their layoff notices and then fire them with cause if they refuse to return – which would mean a loss of pay. Others who were laid off sued the company, saying they were singled out because they were currently unproductive, for reasons ranging from maternity leave to cancer treatment.

Twitter wants to sell individual users’ location data

A former senior Twitter engineer posted a thread describing how a mobile carrier asked the company to sell him detailed location data. Steve Krenzel Twitter said it asked him to comply, and it was only his refusal to do so, and the escalation of Jack Dorsey, that saw the plan scrapped.

I ended up meeting a manager who came huffing and huffing. The director said, “We must know when users leave their homes, their commute to work, and wherever they go throughout the day. Anything less is pointless. We get more than to other tech companies [因

The last email I wrote on Twitter was to Jack. To his credit, he quickly responded with something to the effect of “Let me look into it and make sure there’s no misunderstanding. It doesn’t seem fair. We don’t want to do that.

Still, all threads worth reading. Tune in for tomorrow’s Twitter roundup.

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