Twitter Blows Up Twitter
Making yourself go viral is a scarcely observed luxury, but ever since he bought one of the world’s most influential social media platforms, Elon Musk has commanded this like no one else.
Yesterday, the CEO of…uh, everything(?), it seems like? I don’t even know anymore, but the world’s 2nd richest man (and 2nd funniest person in any given 3rd-grade classroom) announced yesterday that Twitter has finally found a new CEO.
Needless to say, rumors swirled immediately. Musk announced that Twitter had found itself a new CEO by 3:48 pm, and well before even 5 pm, media outlets were speculating wildly as to who that new person could be. After all, the only hint given in Elon’s OG Tweet was that the person in question is a “she.”
Score one for the ladies right here as ever since its founding, the massively influential company behind the incredibly disappointing stock that was $TWTR has been helmed by those of similar philosophy and biology, being all dudes with tech backgrounds.
As of 10:21 pm on Thursday night (time of writing), the top candidate rumored to be taking the top slot is NBCU’s Head of Advertising. Linda Yaccarino is “in talks to become the new CEO of Twitter, according to people familiar with the matter.”
Poaching an advertising head from a network that has managed to survive through pharma ads and advertisements for its own damn content has been impressive enough for Musk to add her to the roster, allegedly. Given the trend of companies pulling their ads from the platform in Q2 of last year as well as Q1 of this year, it certainly seems like they could use the help.
But, now that the company is no longer public, Twitter doesn’t have to release or even care to release material data to the public. Basically, Elon and CEO X don’t give af, for now, at least. For one, Tesla shareholders are a group certainly pleased with the move, as a strong gain in the EV maker’s share price after hours suggests this is the moment they’ve all been waiting for.
We say it all the time, but this is one you’re definitely gonna want to stay tuned in on.
The big question: What the hell is going on at Twitter? Will users be more or less pleased with the service once Elon is gone from the CEO slot? Does Twitter ever plan to relist publicly again?