Elon Musk’s Dog Floki Is Twitter CEO
Elon Musk named the new head of Twitter during an interview with BBC News: his dog, Floki. He casually mentioned that detail while speaking to BBC correspondent James Clayton regarding the state of his company. Coincidentally, Musk said that after he changed the company bird logo to the Dogecoin dog.
Elon Musk also shared numerous updates regarding the social media platform. He said the company is down from 7,000 employees to 1,500. Also, Musk admitted the company is losing money, but it will become cashflow positive “within months.” The interviewer asked about the frequent outages, and the tech leader said there were “a few,” but “not for very long.”
The Tesla CEO also admitted that he proceeded with the Twitter acquisition deal because he thought the court would force him. Specifically, he said, “Yes, that is the reason,” when Clayton asked him about purchasing the social media site.
Why would Elon Musk say his dog is the Twitter CEO?
It may seem strange to hear about a billionaire business leader saying his dog runs his company. Yet, Elon Musk has done wackier things throughout his career.
For example, he called himself the “Dogefather” in 2021 to support his favorite cryptocurrency, Dogecoin. Musk also had a cameo on Saturday Night Live, where he played the video game character Wario in a skit.
He also launched a Twitter survey asking, “Should I step down as head of Twitter? I will abide by the results of this poll.” Musk cited this event during his live BBC interview.
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He said, “I did stand down. I keep telling you I”m not the CEO of Twitter.” Then, he revealed the surprising new head of the social media website, “My dog is the CEO of Twitter.”
The billionaire also painted over the “w” of Twitter’s San Francisco headquarters. Fortune reports he wanted the sign to spell “Titter” due to a landlord dispute.
What are the other Twitter updates?
Under the supposed “supervision” of Elon Musk’s dog, the company has been rolling out numerous updates. For example, Twitter will remove legacy checkmarks on April 20.
These are verification checks people had before Elon Musk took over. Users must pay for the Twitter Blue subscription service to retain their checkmarks.
The most important Twitter update had little to no media coverage. A court filing in California says. “Twitter, Inc. has been merged into X Corp. and no longer exists.”
Elon Musk has repeatedly shared his plans to turn Twitter into the “X everything app.” The concept resembles super apps like China’s WeChat and Singapore’s Grab.
Super apps have numerous functions found in various apps. For example, WeChat lets users send messages, submit payments, hail taxis, and order food.
Musk applauded WeChat for its utility and convenience. Moreover, the CEO said he had a “pretty grand vision” for the X app to become “very useful to the world.”
According to Business Insider, he told his younger brother, Kimbal Musk, he wants to create a “Doge” social media platform. Perhaps it would become a feature of the X app.
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He texted, “You have to pay a tiny amount to register your message on the chain, which will cut out the vast majority of spam and bots.” Elon Musk said he doesn’t like online advertisements, but they provide most of the network’s revenue.
Consequently, he proposed charging premium users three dollars monthly for a verified account. Twitter uses a similar system with its Twitter Blue subscription service.
It provides an Edit button for posts and a “Tips” feature, allowing users to pay others Bitcoin. Elon Musk may apply these systems to the upcoming X “everything app.”
Elon Musk’s dog runs Twitter, the billionaire said during a live BBC interview. Also, he and other tech experts signed an open letter for a six-month pause on AI development.
The message explains it would allow the world to implement guidelines on its usage properly. Yet, a report suggests Elon Musk is developing an AI chatbot.
Perhaps he will incorporate that into his “X” super app? Follow Inquirer Tech for the latest updates on tech leaders, artificial intelligence, and more.