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In all the months since Elon Musk tried to control Twitter, not once did his impulses make sense. Here’s a guy who focused on using big science to solve big problems. He runs two huge and inspiring corporations, Tesla as well as SpaceXwith which he will have to deal with significant problems. He has another company that wants to deal with the brain, and another that wants to tunnel under big cities. He has seven children… sorry, nine. He must figure out how to get to Mars. However, something made him obsessed with taking on a 16-year-old venture based on short bursts of self-expression, to the point where he risked spending billions of his own dollars and endless distractions to do so, at least until those until he changes his mind. .
The only explanation seems to be that Musk himself uses the platform – 18,600 tweets. Twitter can drive people crazy. It makes them do and say things they otherwise couldn’t. And few have fallen in love with it as much as Elon Musk.
So it’s no coincidence that after Musk withdrew his buyout offer, Twitter Suit the requirement that Musk complete the deal depends a lot on…his tweets. Right in the filing, the company’s lawyers took screenshots to build their case, starting with Musk’s irreverent puns indicating he was about to make a tender offer. (He quoted the Elvis tune “Love Me Tender” and referenced F. Scott Fizgerald’s 1934 novel. Night is tender.) The filing uses Musk’s tweets to refute his claim that the deal was invalid because the company misled him about the amount of bot traffic on the platform. This also included several instances where Musk used Twitter to denigrate Twitter, a company he allegedly wanted to buy. Perhaps most damning was Musk’s response to Twitter CEO Parag Agrawal’s tweet about the company’s efforts to contain bots: a tweet consisting of a single poop emoji. To quote the summary: “It appears that for Musk, Twitter, the interests of its shareholders, the deal Musk agreed to, and the lawsuit to enforce all of this is an elaborate joke.”
Although I’m not a lawyer, this seems like a smart legal tactic. I know from personal experience with a high school vice principal that people in positions of power don’t like it when you think the whole process is fun. Even the most impartial judge may be reluctant to accept Musk’s arguments as he sticks his nose out at the respected rules that bring order to our financial system.
Is this behavior Twitter’s fault? I’m sure high-level executives talk nonsense quite often in the privacy of their corner offices. But Twitter lures impulsive people to share their thoughts with the world. Musk, whose wealth must have made him feel invincible, has 100 million followers who reward his online activity with likes, retweets and supportive comments. Apparently, it was too easy – and obviously fun – to add trolling to the takeover.
This is the strength and bloodiness of Twitter. remember when Peter Thiel was indignant. that the futurists promised us flying cars, but ended up with 140 characters? I have always responded that Twitter offers something much more important than a way to avoid traffic for rich passengers. Flying cars have been a pipe dream of science fiction writers, but even the most ingenious futurologists failed to predict that anyone in the world would be able to instantly share a random thought with millions of people. This is great!
But there was also a drawback. Twitter paved the way from your feet to your mouth. It has never been so easy lose a coveted internship, ruin a long careeror direct hordes of angry followers disrupt the peaceful transfer of power. Or, in Musk’s case, to support a lawsuit against you as you try to evade a mandatory $44 billion merger commitment.
In some ways, Musk’s use of Twitter is exemplary. When people ask him reasonable questions about his companies, he often responds quickly. Some of his jokes are really funny. (As far as I know, Musk has Sid Caesar – Level the writer’s room is tucked away somewhere, but I like to think it’s all from him.) Other times it’s just benignly puzzling, like when he gave his advice about improve night sleep (Keep your head up and don’t eat three hours before bed). Often his tweets provide timely information about things like SpaceX launches. And who can humiliate a guy for confessing penchant for creative socks?
But in other ways, Musk hurt himself with logorrhea on Twitter. Like the time he named the savior of the boys trapped in the cave “pedo”. Or the tweet where he blurted out that he could buy back Tesla for $420 a share (get it?) and was sued by the SEC. In recent weeks, his tweets seem to support a right-wing agenda, alienating his fans who love science and hate climate change. But by far his biggest mistake was childishly trolling the highly regulated process of acquiring a public company, even when he was in the middle of the process. Like he wants to be king and jester at the same time. Lolz might be great, but people might question your claim to the throne.
After all this feuding, it’s hard to imagine that Musk actually owns Twitter, even by court order. Let’s hope that the parties will come to an agreement that will give the company the opportunity to continue working on improving the product. I don’t want Twitter or Musk to disappear. But, Elon, for the sake of everyone, could you take it easy on the tweets?
In January 2009 I wrote about how Twitter lured me into disclosing too much information about my personal life. It was boring compared to what will appear later on the platform.
The latest source of my dilemma has been Twitter, which allows you to post real-time reports of what you think and do. It’s fun to track the digital ejaculations of select Twitterers. But a couple of thousand people subscribed to my tweets without being invited. And I feel guilty when I don’t serve this hungry crowd – remorse when I serve.
Since I don’t know many in this crowd, I try not to reveal myself personally. However, no matter how innocuous your individual tweets are, their totality becomes the basis of a frighteningly deep self-portrait. It’s like a psychographic version of strip poker – I strip 140 characters at a time.
We hear a lot about privacy violations by Big Brother and Little Brother. But what if the fault lies not with our brothers and sisters, but with ourselves?
Tim asks, “Will a boy ever be born that can swim faster than a shark?”
Tim, thanks for the question. Do you live in a landlocked state? When Mark Spitz set the 100m world speed record in 1972, he averaging 4.367 mph. People were speeding up to 5 miles per hour. shortfin mako shark can cruise at 31 miles per hour and go up to 46 miles per hour. It seems that no person of any gender identity can match this, even in the future when we develop fins, which is not on my bingo card.
On the other hand, speed boat can reach speeds of over 100 miles per hour. Have you ever seen a shark driving a cigarette boat? So don’t feel bad. And be careful when you’re on the boogie board.
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