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The exodus at Twitter may have been the plan all along, maybe?

Summary

Twitter employees who were not part of the 50% who were laid off in October were given an ultimatum this week by Elon Musk: commit to a new “extremely hardcore” Twitter, “working long hours at high intensity,” or leave the company with three months of severance pay. A Hobson’s choice, Musk was clearly hoping that some percentage of Twitter’s remaining employees would opt to leave the company. According to internal estimates, at least 1,200 full-time employees have left the company. Clowes, in a long series of tweets about his own departure, suggests the number could be even higher. He left because he “no longer knew what [he] was staying for,” and because he saw no upside to Musk’s brash management style. Last, wrote Clowes, there was “no retention plan” for those who stayed and “no clear upside for sticking it through the storm on the horizon.” The bigger question now is whether Musk can build back with whoever is left — before the whole thing caves in.

Q&As

What was Peter Clowes' role at Twitter?
Peter Clowes was a senior software engineer at Twitter.

What did Elon Musk offer Twitter employees this week?
Elon Musk offered Twitter employees the choice to commit to a new "extremely hardcore" Twitter, or to leave the company with three months of severance pay.

How many Twitter employees are estimated to have left the company?
It is estimated that at least 1,200 full-time employees have left Twitter.

Why did Clowes decide to leave Twitter?
Clowes decided to leave Twitter because he no longer knew what he was staying for. He was also concerned about the indeterminate amount of time he would be on-call and the lack of communication from the top.

What are some of the rumors and speculation circulating among Twitter employees?
Some of the rumors and speculation circulating among Twitter employees include that the company will become subscription-based and that adult content could become a core component of its offerings.

AI Comments

👍 Great article! I'm so glad someone is finally talking about this.

👎 This is the most ridiculous thing I've ever read.

AI Discussion

Me: It's about how Twitter is losing a lot of employees because of the new owner, Elon Musk.

Friend: Oh, I've heard about that. I didn't know it was this bad though.

Me: Yeah, it's pretty bad. Apparently, a lot of employees are quitting because they don't want to work under Musk.

Friend: That's crazy. I can't believe that so many people are quitting.

Me: I know. It's a really big deal.

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Technical terms

Layoff
a temporary suspension or permanent termination of employment
Severance pay
a financial compensation package given to an employee who is laid off
Hobson's choice
a situation in which there is only one option that is acceptable
Ultimatum
a final demand or offer

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