Twitter at the time of the big resignation after Elon Musk’s ultimatum

While her new boss told her to “go all out or leave,” many employees opted for the second option on Thursday, raising concerns about the platform’s stability in the coming days.

Twitter departures spiked on Thursday, November 17, the day after Elon Musk issued an ultimatum asking employees who survived the first wave of layoffs to choose between giving up. “fundamentally, unconditionally”or leave (“Commit to a new hardcore twitter or leave”). “I may be exceptional, but (…) I am not unconditional” (“Hardcore”)tweeted Andrea Horst, for example, whose LinkedIn profile is still displayed “Supply chain manager (survivor) on Twitter». She added the hashtag “#lovewhereyouworked,” ie “Love Where You Worked”, like many other employees announcing their choice. Twitter profile biographies of several departing engineers on Thursday described them as “soft-core engineers” or “hard-core ex-engineers,” in a snub to their new boss. A full team would have decided to take the plunge together and leave the company, a departing employee told Reuters. According to multiple sources, Elon Musk had a meeting with some of his engineers to persuade them to stay, to no avail.

The numbers for this new launch wave are not yet known. Reuters estimates them at several hundred. In a survey by work app Blind, which authenticates employees via their work email address and allows them to share information anonymously, 42% of 180 respondents chose the answer “Take the exit option, I’m free!” A quarter say they have decided to stay “unwanted”and only 7% of respondents say they have done so “Click yes to stay, I’m a fan”. In a private conversation on Signal with about 50 Twitter employees, according to a former employee, nearly 40 said they had decided to leave. And in a private Slack group for current and former Twitter employees, about 360 people joined a new channel with the title “voluntary resignation”. In a separate survey on Blind, employees were asked to estimate the percentage of people who would leave Twitter based on their perception. More than half of those surveyed estimated that at least 50% of employees would leave.

Blue hearts and hello emojis flooded Twitter on Thursday, the second time in two weeks, as blue bird network employees said goodbye. By 6 p.m. EST, more than two dozen employees across the United States and Europe had announced their departures in Reuters-verified Twitter posts, although each of his resignations has not gone unnoticed and has been subject to independent verification.

If it breaks, in many areas there is no one left to carry out the repairs. »

An anonymous employee

According to Zoë Schiffer, a journalist at the specialist medium Platformer, Twitter warned all employees on Thursday afternoon that the offices in San Francisco, California, were temporarily closed and not accessible even with ID. According to an inside source, security forces began evicting employees from the office as early as Thursday evening. The social network, which has lost many members of its communications team, did not respond to a request for comment from Reuters. The flurry of new starts would include many engineers tasked with fixing bugs and preventing service outages, raising questions about platform stability in the days to come. As of Thursday night, the version of the Twitter application used by employees began to slow down, according to a source familiar with the matter, who estimated the public version of Twitter might not last overnight. “If it breaks, in many areas there is no one left to repair it”, said this person, who declined to be named for fear of reprisals. The hashtag #RIPTwitter topped the trends overnight Thursday through Friday.

On Wednesday, Elon Musk, the owner and boss of Twitter for three weeks, asked employees of the social network to sign up individually “working long hours at high intensity”, “To build a revolutionary Twitter 2.0 and thrive in an increasingly competitive world”. “Only an exceptional performance is worth a sufficient grade”, he said in this internal letter consulted by AFP. Employees had until Thursday afternoon to click the box “Yes indeed”under penalty of having to leave Twitter with compensation equal to three months’ salary. A method that conflicts even in the United States, where labor laws protect workers less than in many developed countries.

“It was a great adventure”

The multi-billionaire had laid off half of the group’s 7,500 employees two weeks ago. “I’m at a loss for words, just grateful to say that I managed to land my dream job and achieve more than I ever thought possible. It was a great adventure”, tweeted Thursday Deanna Hines-Glasgow, who was director of customer relations at Twitter, according to her LinkedIn profile. She defines herself as “Ex Tweep,” the nickname of Twitter employees, and “Blackbird,” the name of the California company’s support group for African-American employees.

“To all the tweeps who decided today would be their last day: thank you for being great colleagues through the ups and downs. I can’t wait to see what you do next.”said Esther Crawford, the platform’s director of product development, one of the few executives who hasn’t been fired or fired and who still publicly supports the new head.

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