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Elon Musk Outlines Roadmap for ‘Twitter 2.0’ in New Slide Deck
And with that, Musk has put collectively a brand new pitch deck, of kinds, which goals to make clear his present plan. Which, as famous, is evolving rapidly, so it could find yourself being completely completely different, it could be indicative – we don’t know for positive as but.
However he’s slowly clarifying and honing in on particular components.
Right here’s a take a look at the gathering of slides that Musk has put collectively to current his present strategic define for the app.
As you’ll be able to see on this first slide, Musk’s presentation reveals that new account sign-ups are at an all-time excessive, with the chart going again to 2014.
I’m undecided what meaning in isolation. Undoubtedly, that might imply that extra individuals are eager to get in on Twitter dialog, and with Fb getting stale, and Instagram struggling an identification disaster, Twitter is seemingly turning into a extra attention-grabbing consideration.
However it might even be price noting the place these new sign-ups are coming from. Are these US customers, possibly freedom of speech-ers signing as much as Elon’s new, extra open public sq.? Are these customers in growing markets, as has been Twitter’s predominant development development for the previous three years, as US utilization has stagnated?
Might this be scammers signing up for lots extra accounts in a short time – as a result of in an effort to qualify for Twitter Blue, and get a blue checkmark, accounts should have been lively for no less than 90 days prior?
It’s a stat, for positive, however with out additional context, it’s exhausting to make any conclusion on what it means.
The subsequent chart is Consumer Lively Minutes, which can also be at an all-time excessive.
That’s attention-grabbing – based mostly on this chart, divided by the present variety of lively customers, which Musk has additionally shared, the common Twitter consumer is now spending 31.5 minutes per day within the app.
That’s not radically completely different than what’s been beforehand reported, although some reviews have urged Twitter utilization has declined considerably in current instances. These numbers really reinforce that, with Twitter’s session time down within the low teenagers (seemingly) until 2021, then rising once more of late – although I believe the decrease chart is meant to say ‘November 2022’ on the backside proper.
Principally, the info reveals that Twitter is again at its earlier utilization ranges, after shedding its approach for a while. Which isn’t stunning given Musk’s capability to spark controversy and dialogue.
There are additionally some extra questionable charts that present a decline in hate speech:
Notice that the qualifier right here is tweets ‘with 1+ slur’ from a curated listing, and a ‘Toxicity rating’ of 0.91 or increased. It is a little obscure and lacks the total context of what this represents.
There’s additionally this:
Which simply reveals that much more folks had been partaking in impersonation within the app when Twitter began permitting them to purchase Blue verification ticks, then, when Twitter pulled the $8 verification plan, fewer impersonations had been reported.
Like, yeah, you opened the door for them to rip-off folks with deceptive verified accounts, so that they took benefit, and now they’re not, as a result of they’ll’t. At the least till Twitter re-launches the $8 verification plan subsequent week.
Musk then additionally shared this overview of his present roadmap, which is just about a re-angling of Twitter’s present options.
‘Promoting as leisure’ makes use of an instance of an automatic sampling script to create a extra partaking advert expertise (‘like this tweet and I’ll present you which of them home you belong to based mostly in your tweets’). Undecided if Musk is suggesting that that is one thing Twitter will probably be providing as an advert device, however to date, these kinds of activations have been created by model companions, in collaboration with Twitter. If Twitter does transfer to make this an precise advert characteristic, that could possibly be troublesome to scale.
Notice that Twitter additionally launched Branded Likes, a associated advert engagement choice, again in June.
The subsequent body, as you’ll be able to see, simply says video with a randomized instance
Undecided precisely what this implies, however Musk has flagged permitting longer video clips to be connected to tweets, whereas he’s additionally speaking a few creator monetization program, which might supply a extra helpful income share than YouTube’s 45/55 break up.
Encrypted DMs are quick turning into the usual, with Meta additionally integrating full encryption throughout Messenger, Instagram Direct and WhatsApp. That’s raised the hackles of many legislation enforcement teams, who say that this can supply safety for criminals, however it can additionally present extra safety, and assurance, for common customers.
There’s additionally Longform Tweets, for which Musk has shared a screenshot of Twitter Notes, which has been in improvement over the previous 12 months.
Notes lets you create posts of as much as 2,500 phrases, that are then natively embedded into the Twitter app for straightforward sharing.
Then there’s the revamped $8 verification plan, which I’ve shared my ideas on right here.
Oh, and funds:
No examples right here, however based mostly on Musk’s earlier statements, it looks like he’s trying to comply with the identical sport plan with funds that varied different apps have already tried. You begin off by facilitating funds transfers between accounts, enabling fee-free remittance, a key profit in growing markets. Then, as soon as individuals are already shifting cash within the app, you supply extra methods to make use of it, through in-app purchases, invoice funds, banking, and many others.
That is Musk’s huge, overarching plan to make Twitter a extra crucial app – however as famous, varied others have tried, and the regulatory hurdles alone have made it a nightmare to enact.
Possibly Musk can have higher luck in shifting issues ahead, nevertheless it’s an enormous problem, which can take time – which can also be why there’s no instance picture for this as but.
After all, the point out of funds may also fireplace up all of the crypto fanatics, who view Musk as a key chief in mainstreaming crypto funds. That undoubtedly received’t be occurring, however I believe that that is one more reason why Musk has left this slide clean, to supply a glimmer of hope to his fanatical fan base.
Which is what Elon does greatest. Query his enterprise and mental acumen all you need, however he positive does know how you can get consideration, which is de facto essentially the most beneficial, tangible talent that he brings to any undertaking. He’s a strolling PR machine, who’s now been given the keys to his personal platform hundreds of thousands of customers, and it’s fairly clear that he’s having fun with the eye he now instructions as Twitter-in-chief.
The subsequent query then is, what number of media methods does Elon have up his sleeve?
He’s enabling everybody to purchase a blue tick, he’s introduced again Trump, he’s unbanning a heap of beforehand banned accounts, all below the guise of facilitating free speech.
Every of those actions has sparked its personal media cycle, and introduced a heap extra consideration to Musk and Twitter in consequence, however when the stunts run out, what then?
Can Musk hold developing with extra attention-grabbing adjustments on the app, or will this roadmap really result in a extra sustainable enterprise, enabling him to cease grabbing headlines, and go away Twitter to its personal units?
In essence, that’s what these utilization charts present, that Musk is de facto good at getting consideration.
But it surely’s what comes after that can make or break the enterprise.
Oh, additionally, somebody has urged that the tweet character rely ought to be expanded to 420 as a substitute of the present 280. Given Musk’s affinity for this quantity, that’ll most likely occur.