Elon Musk, the billionaire who not too long ago took Twitter personal with a $44 billion acquisition, has informed engineers on the social media firm to have a look at resurrecting Vine, the video app bought by Twitter in 2012 and shuttered simply 4 years later, in keeping with a report from Axios.
Musk, who not too long ago modified his Twitter bio to “Twitter Grievance Hotline Operator,” tweeted a ballot on Sunday asking if he ought to convey again Vine, with 70% of individuals responding that he ought to. The ballot garnered over 4.9 million responses.
Vine, if really resurrected, would have an uphill battle towards platforms that supply short-form video content material like TikTok, YouTube, and Instagram. And it’s not clear how a lot sense it might make to make use of Vine’s outdated code versus ranging from scratch, on condition that it “wants quite a lot of work,” in keeping with one Twitter worker who spoke with Axios.
Musk has been a demanding boss, in keeping with a number of reviews about his brief time on the helm, and there’s even a requirement that Twitter staff work 24/7 to perform numerous concepts from the brand new head of the corporate, in keeping with Enterprise Insider.
A kind of concepts is a brand new stab at so-called verification on the platform, the little blue checkmark that verifies that Twitter is aware of methods to Google that exact person, which can price a subscription payment every month. Jason Calacanis, a pal of Musk’s who been introduced on to work at Twitter, issued a ballot asking how a lot customers could be prepared to pay for verification. Roughly 81% of 1.9 million respondents mentioned they wouldn’t pay, with smaller numbers answering that they’d pay wherever from $5 to $15.
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Musk has dissolved the Twitter board and put in himself as CEO, regardless of working because the CEO of Tesla and SpaceX. And there are a number of reviews that staff from these two firms have been introduced in to assist with numerous duties at Twitter. The apparent query, in fact, is whether or not the shareholders at a publicly traded firm can be completely happy that staff at Tesla are being pulled off their common assignments to assist with a totally unrelated firm.