Twitter seemingly continues to orbit the drain under Elon Musk’s stewardship, and with the trending term #RIPTwitter, users are very concerned that the site may disappear.
The term started trending after hundreds of Twitter employees reportedly offered Musk their resignation by not signing the ultimatum he gave them. Musk had asked all of his remaining employees to join him to develop Twitter 2.0, which would have required long hours, or they could leave with three months’ severance pay.
According to internal news from The Verge, hundreds chose to leave the company and the scale of the layoffs suggests the platform was about to collapse.
The wave of layoffs has resulted in Musk closing Twitter offices through Monday, November 21. He informed his employees in an email, asking them to “please continue to comply with company policy by refraining from discussing confidential company information on social media with the press or elsewhere.” Meaning that after the weekend with “We look forward to working with you on the exciting future of Twitter,” he wrote.
Overnight, social media users using the hashtag #RIPTwitter anticipated the death of Twitter, while the names of competing social media sites Myspace, Tumblr and Mastodon also trended.
Musk himself paid tribute to the term by tweeting memes. “How do you make a small fortune on social media?” he asked before answering, “Start with a big one.”
He also tweeted a meme of someone throwing gang signs over a grave, with the Twitter logo placed over the person and headstone. The meme seems to imply that people are still coming to Twitter to discuss Twitter’s death.
To ease some people’s fears of mass strikes, Musk responded to Barstool Sports founder Dave Portnoy’s tweet, which read, “What do people mean when they say Twitter is shutting down? Doesn’t it sort itself out somehow? I have a feeling engineers are making changes to not just keep it running? I don’t know either. Hey @elonmusk, do you want to make a twitter space with me? I’m confused.”
“The best people stay, so I’m not overly concerned,” Musk told him.
Of course, Musk wasn’t the only one sharing memes in response to the #RIPTwitter trend. Other people compared it to clips of people jumping off the Titanic to the end Hannah Montana and to close the online multiplayer game club penguin.
#RIPTwitter wasn’t the only trending term, as people also used #GoodbyeTwitter and #Twitterdown to anticipate the end of the social media site.
Musk’s acquisition of Twitter was completed on October 27, 2022 for a reported $44 billion. It came after he originally proposed buying the site earlier in the year, but in the months that followed tried to walk out of the deal amid a dispute with the existing Twitter board over the number of fake accounts on the social media platform. Media website gave.
Since his acquisition, he’s introduced a controversial $8 Twitter Blue plan that gives users a verified tick. This led to an increase in the number of parody accounts. Musk then suspended new signups on Twitter Blue and confirmed he would “postpone” the relaunch to November 29 to “make sure it’s rock solid,” he said Tuesday.