- Twitter users worried about the site’s potential collapse, sharing memes and tweets with RIPTwitter .
- Hundreds of employees are leaving amid calls from Elon Musk for an ‘extremely hardcore’ workplace.
Some Twitter users, fearing Twitter will face a prolonged outage as hundreds more employees leave the company and offices are closed, have taken to the platform to share tweets and memes with the hashtag RIPTwitter .
Elon Musk has given Twitter employees the choice to stay and be “extremely hardcore” to work on his plans for Twitter 2.o, or walk away with severance. Employees had until Thursday at 5 p.m. ET to click “yes” on an email to confirm they wanted to stay with the company, Insider previously reported.
With “critical services” teams already stretched thin, one employee told Insider that “outages of some kind” seemed like a certainty. A former Twitter engineer previously told Insider: “If something goes wrong, it will take longer to recover because the people responsible for maintaining core services have been laid off.”
Bracing for the worst, many started praising the platform on Thursday night.
A photo shared by Pete Haas shows Don Draper of ‘Mad Men’ pitching an idea for “Literally just Twitter without Elon,” with the tweet “Ex-Twitter Employees Launch Investors Next Week. RIPTwitter .”
Tyler Roney, a meteorologist in Sioux Falls, South Dakota, posted a throwback to the Nintendo DS chat with the tweet: “Well if so see you soon. RIPTwitter .”
Musk also contributed to Twitter praise by sharing a popular meme of a character from “The Flash” making a peace sign at a grave site. Musk’s version of the meme featured the Twitter bird logo on both the character and the tombstone.
Nithish Billava responded to Musk’s tweet with the same meme, but with Musk’s face above the tombstone saying, “Fixed” with the sweaty smile emoji. Another user, @hopesnft, replied to Billava’s tweet with Musk’s face on the character and the tombstone tweet, “double fix.”
Martina Gluscevic responded to Musk’s tweet with another popular meme of a little girl smiling at the camera as the house behind her is on fire. Gluscevic’s tweet shows Musk’s face on the little girl’s face and the Twitter app on the house.
Other Twitter users have compared Twitter’s demise to the sinking of the Titanic.
A user with the handle @OhHELLNawl shared a photo of the orchestra from the 1997 movie ‘Titanic’, tweeting, “It’s been a pleasure tweeting with you all for the past 13 years. RIP Twitter.”
Comedian Gianmarco Soresi
people who died on the Titanic finding out that we compared that to that,” and
Imagine people who died on the titanic finding out we compared that to this— gianmarco (@GianmarcoSoresi) November 18, 2022
saying, “this is much worse.”
this is way worse— gianmarco (@GianmarcoSoresi) November 18, 2022
Another user, @joblessthursday, did
tweeting “IF YOU’RE STILL ON TWITTER STAY ONLINE. IF YOU’RE STILL ON TWITTER, STAY ONLINE. IT IS YOUR CONSTITUTIONAL RIGHT.” During elections, especially the 2020 US presidential election, politicians and activists use the phrase “if you’re online, stay online” to tell voters to stay in line to vote even if their polling place closed.
IF YOU'RE STILL ON TWITTER STAY IN LINE. IF YOU'RE STILL ON TWITTER STAY IN LINE. IT IS YOUR CONSTITUTIONAL RIGHT.— sybil grimalkin (@joblessthursday) November 18, 2022
Despite the large number of employees leaving Twitter,
he’s “not super worried” about the platform because “the best people stay.”
The best people are staying, so I’m not super worried— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) November 18, 2022
As we wait to see what happens next, Twitter users continued to bid farewell to the website on Friday morning.
As an English author
“It definitely feels like the end of the party.”
Thank you! It definitely feels like the end of the party. https://t.co/z4x2adsbG5— Neil Gaiman (@neilhimself) November 18, 2022
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