The US inteligence agencies monitor hundreds of millions of tweets every day (a process known as scraping) to know who their enemies are and to use their friends at Google to throttle these voices on the internet.
Now Elon Musk has turned the tables on these mega-users. He’s put the following limits on reading tweets:
– Verified accounts are limited to reading 6000 posts/day
– Unverified accounts to 600 posts/day
– New unverified accounts to 300/day
Now notice, these bots reading Twitter probably aren’t even verified accounts paying Elon his eight bucks a month.
So they can only read 600 posts a day. And if they open new shell accounts those accounts can only read 300.
The feds are going to have fit.
Six months into his tenure as “head twit” Musk says:
“Elon Musk said Twitter Inc. has a shot at being cash-flow positive next quarter, and he is optimistic about the company’s future after what he called a difficult past few months.
“I definitely don’t want to count chickens before they hatch,” he added Tuesday about his latest expectations for the company’s financial situation.
Mr. Musk, who acquired Twitter and took over as its chief executive in October, said the company would have gone bankrupt in four months if he hadn’t taken steps to rein in the company’s expenditures. … He also said Twitter faces around $1.5 billion in yearly interest payments on debt borrowed when he took the company private.”
The article says Twitter went from 8,000 employees to less than 2,000. So he eliminated more that 75% of his employees and now it works better and cheaper than before. You’ve got to ask if most of those 6,000+ salaries were worse than useless. How many of them were making Twitter worse.
I’m curious exactly how many were former intelligence agency employees whose real job was spying on the public.
Well, however he did it I commend him for the start he’s made and his future steps to make the company profitable and useful to the general public. And now that I’m a dues paying blue check twit I say let’s get OCF the viral status it so richly deserves.
Well done Elon.