Elon Musk announces $8/month Twitter Blue will include verification, priority status,...

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waclark

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Now anyone can pretend to be someone famous or newsworthy. The whole point of the original blue check was so you knew you were actually tweeting to or receiving a tweet from John Cleese. Now I can set up an account and call it @realJohnCleese, get my blue check, and no one is the wiser. Moronic. Now nobody will know who is the real identity or not.
I don't think that's how it works. The $8 aside, I assume that Twitter has a means to confirm who you are, just like they do now. If they are not validating identities then what's the point?
 

waclark

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you got that backwards. people are laughing at musk and his supporters are cyring.
I don't see any Musk supporters crying. I see people on the left lashing out at Musk. If anyone is laughing at Musk it's because they have no real response to his buying Twitter. All they have is speculation about what he will or won't do. So far, I'm not seeing anything to be alarmed at on either side of the political aisle.
 

brucek

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This is going to be an interesting transition to watch.

Currently there's 425,000 verified users. If they all agreed to $8/month, we get to maybe an extra $40 million per year in revenue. That's not much of a game changer compared to the existing $4,500 million ($4.5B) in ad revenues per year.

That leaves the question of how many people without a clear business / brand / publicity purpose wish to pay to get a blue check mark next to their name. For me for the value of that, plus access to all the current content on Twitter, has always been an easy answer of it's worth nothing to me. Others seem to enjoy it more, I guess now we'll start to find out how many.
 

brucek

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I don't think that's how it works. The $8 aside, I assume that Twitter has a means to confirm who you are, just like they do now. If they are not validating identities then what's the point?
I agree that must be what they are aiming at. I've always been curious about how this works practically. It seems like at least preventing real person "Joe Schmoe" from obtaining the verified name "John Cleese" should be possible.

I wonder how they'll distinguish "real person John Cleese who is not a celebrity" from the "other real person John Cleese who is the celebrity you're thinking of." Are they considering requiring validated photographs or biographical information?

There's another small curiosity here in that many celebrity / stage names are not real legal names. The non-famous one can produce a birth certificate and driver's license with that name on it. The famous one often will not be able to, although Twitter has clearly figured that part out at least at the current volumes.
 

waclark

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I agree that must be what they are aiming at. I've always been curious about how this works practically. It seems like at least preventing real person "Joe Schmoe" from obtaining the verified name "John Cleese" should be possible.

I wonder how they'll distinguish "real person John Cleese who is not a celebrity" from the "other real person John Cleese who is the celebrity you're thinking of." Are they considering requiring validated photographs or biographical information?

There's another small curiosity here in that many celebrity / stage names are not real legal names. The non-famous one can produce a birth certificate and driver's license with that name on it. The famous one often will not be able to, although Twitter has clearly figured that part out at least at the current volumes.
I assume that some photo ID might be necessary, DL w/pic, Passport etc. I also assume that there is a real person validating the pics or maybe it's automated, there are tons of pictures of the actor John Cleese. I think the harder ones will be the lesser known "celebs", like YouTube vloggers, Tik Tok and so on. I feel confident that we have the technology to do this easily.
 

waclark

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I have never understood the fascination with Twitter other than boosting one's own ego.
But that is me.
It's just one of many ways to communicate with other people. Kind of like posting here on TS. Maybe some are here for the ego-boost, others just want to engage in a little discourse with people on topics they are interested in.
 

m3tavision

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Yes, all the talent will leave. All the right-wing nutjobs are applauding this. This is exactly what they want. In their world all the "talent" is against them and out to censor their free speech. What they want is all the "talent" replaced by nutjobs like themselves who support Trump, the constant lying, ridiculing others, racists nonsense, election denying, conspiracy theories, etc. Maybe they can hire Alex Jones as an executive and make the MyPillow guy head of public relations. Oh and for Twitter's top lawyers I suggest hiring Sydney Powell and Rudy Giuliani.


No talent is leaving Twitter...

Elon is just firing people who are emotionally weak and can't handle opinions or challenges to their ideas. No need to have a lemming working for you... they all act/think the same, zero diversity.


IN the last Couple of says, the White House has had their Twitter account flagged with fact checks and the WH even had to pull one of their misleading Tweets. Something that these "talented" workers would have never of done... because they had agendas and fragile egos to protect.

Now that there is free speech again in America, who and how was Trump lying..? What sources do you have, other than woke thoughts and orange-man-bad..? What racist nonsense..? What conspiracy theories... other than the ones Meuller and Durham have uncovered...


You seem extremely hurt by Twitter's new rules and the reason is, your favorite lies and misinformation you are spewing in this thread will no longer be kept alive on Twitter.... so you hope techspot is a place to try and pass off your conspiracies.

 

scavengerspc

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It's a great way to get up to date news.
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scavengerspc

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Alternate facts such as Russia collusion, Hunter Biden's laptop, Peaceful protest, Covington high school kids, Jussie Smollett, Bubba Wallace, Kyle Rittenhouse, etc ...
Exactly. A microscopic list of the rights lies, over reactions, and personal bits that is none of your damn concern.

I mean, by the way, who did Musk already unban?

It's been a while since you did NOT lie to us, but here we are. (y) (Y)
 

TheBigFatClown

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Why does Musk respond to King's post with "We must pay the bills some how" if current ad revenue's are in the billions?

I have no real opinion of Musk to like or hate him one way or the other but if "current ad revenue's" are, in fact, in the billions then the comment makes no sense. And I would draw the conclusion that he just came up with an idea for the masses to buy Twitter for him as a virtual Christmas gift.

So, what's the real story here?
 

fps4ever

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Exactly. A microscopic list of the rights lies, over reactions, and personal bits that is none of your damn concern.

I mean, by the way, who did Musk already unban?

It's been a while since you did NOT lie to us, but here we are. (y) (Y)t

The left and democrats lying, cheating and running the US into into the ground the last 2 years is everyone's business. But here you are crying about the right lying lololololol. ๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚

Here is a list of more that you think is nobody's concern, whatever the hech you meant by that obtuse sentence.
List of Lies by Creepy Biden
 
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TheBigFatClown

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The left and democrats lying, cheating and running the US into into the ground the last 2 years is everyone's business. But here you are crying about the right lying lololololol. ๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚
I generally agree with you that the leftists/democrats don't give a frogs fat XXX about the average everyday American. They just pretend too to get votes/re-elected. They are basically communist in disguise.
I would just like to be careful about using the words left/right because it's not so black and white. We must never forget that there are RINOs poisoning the well for good Americans also. RINOs that give good honest republicans a bad name.
So....if your hearing a leftist looney tune trumpeting that republicans are liars, they very well could be telling the truth in certain situations.
I would ask for examples if the leftist looney tunes want to provide some examples those would be worth exploring.
But if those lies lead to RINOs then I won't defend them anyway.
 

fps4ever

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I generally agree with you that the leftists/democrats don't give a frogs fat XXX about the average everyday American. They just pretend too to get votes/re-elected. They are basically communist in disguise.
I would just like to be careful about using the words left/right because it's not so black and white. We must never forget that there are RINOs poisoning the well for good Americans also. RINOs that give good honest republicans a bad name.
So....if your hearing a leftist looney tune trumpeting that republicans are liars, they very well could be telling the truth in certain situations.
I would ask for examples if the leftist looney tunes want to provide some examples those would be worth exploring.
But if those lies lead to RINOs then I won't defend them anyway.

No doubt there are some bad Rinos. To bad most good ones get drowned out with insults, everything the right says is a lie, cancel culture or bann'd just for having an opinion when most conservatives just want to have a voice. Yet here we are.

Did you see Alaska's list and the member calling them lies and overreactions. What do you do when they can't handle reality AND the truth?
 

scavengerspc

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The left and democrats lying, cheating and running the US into into the ground the last 2 years is everyone's business. But here you are crying about the right lying lololololol. ๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚

Here is a list of more that you think is nobody's concern, whatever the hech you meant by that obtuse sentence.
List of Lies by Creepy Biden
There you are picking on Biden again. He gets confused, like he always has. Im no fan either, but for real reasons.

But if you like, I will list actual lies from the trumpanistas. Dozens of them.

Just a few we can discuss. Eating babies, pro choice to eat fetuses, fact free zero proof of election fraud, bamboo in ballots, space lasers, Italian satellites, Pizzagate, death by IRS agents, killing grandmas, satan-worshipping pedophiles, COVID would go away quickly, windmills cause cancer, Crowdstrike, non existent caravans (one of my favorites, every vehicle with people in it was a "caravan"), candy fentanyl, 5G activated tracking chips, adrenochrome is harvested from the blood of children by Hollywood elites.

Thing is, these are just from memory.

Trumpism is a sewage pit.
 

TheBigFatClown

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There you are picking on Biden again. He gets confused, like he always has. Im no fan either, but for real reasons.

But if you like, I will list actual lies from the trumpanistas. Dozens of them.

Just a few we can discuss. Eating babies, pro choice to eat fetuses, fact free zero proof of election fraud, bamboo in ballots, space lasers, Italian satellites, Pizzagate, death by IRS agents, killing grandmas, satan-worshipping pedophiles, COVID would go away quickly, windmills cause cancer, Crowdstrike, non existent caravans (one of my favorites, every vehicle with people in it was a "caravan"), candy fentanyl, 5G activated tracking chips, adrenochrome is harvested from the blood of children by Hollywood elites.

Thing is, these are just from memory.

Trumpism is a sewage pit.
The only reason COVID won't go away is because keeping it alive justifies the theft of taxpayer money for new vaccines. It's not Trump keeping the lil ***** COVID alive. It's all the fear mongers like the WHO whose largest donors are Bill Gates who pays Faucci to keep COVID and the 'fear' of COVID alive.

How else would politicians completely control and destroy human lives without a virus to scare them 24/7/365 and justify getting a new vaccine shot every 3 months when it ... "MUTATES"....."Beware of the BLOB it leaps and creeps .... yada ... yada ... yada". BullXXX!!!

The democrats WILL NOT LET COVID GO AWAY. That represents a source of power and control the likes of which they have never had nor ever will again if it were to disappear.

I couldn't care any XXXXXXX LESS than I already do about COVID or any of it's spooky scary mutations. And I sleep like a baby. I'm so tired of hearing about it. It's a nothing burger to me now. It's a power tool to the politicians.

And you blame Trump? *face palm*
 

scavengerspc

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The only reason COVID won't go away is because keeping it alive justifies the theft of taxpayer money for new vaccines. It's not Trump keeping the lil ***** COVID alive. It's all the fear mongers like the WHO whose largest donors are Bill Gates who pays Faucci to keep COVID and the 'fear' of COVID alive.

How else would politicians completely control and destroy human lives without a virus to scare them 24/7/365 and justify getting a new vaccine shot every 3 months when it ... "MUTATES"....."Beware of the BLOB it leaps and creeps .... yada ... yada ... yada". BullXXX!!!

The democrats WILL NOT LET COVID GO AWAY. That represents a source of power and control the likes of which they have never had nor ever will again if it were to disappear.

And you blame Trump? *face palm*
I do agree to a point. But the weekly average for COVID deaths is something like 350. I believe its extreme level of contagion is why it's still so closely watched. And because we are heading into fall\winter months.

And I didn't blame trump for current times. I said I blame him for his claims that it would not be a problem early on.
 

TheBigFatClown

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I do agree to a point. But the weekly average for COVID deaths is something like 350. I believe It's because of its extreme ease of spread is why it's still so closely watched. And because we are heading into fall\winter months.
The very definition of a virus, as it is now, and has been in all of recent history, is that it "spreads fast". So, what's new in the world?

Your fear of it. And why is your fear now always present? Because nothing else is ever talked about on television anymore except COVID and the next coming mutations.

It spread fast? Hehehehehee, like all viruses before it. Thank God for 24/7/365 news coverage we have these days, huh?
 
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