Why Elon Musk Is ‘Firing’ This App Developer From Twitter
Twitter CEO Elon Musk, who has been laying off employees and contractors for the microblogging platform, has fired another member of his Twitter team. The person who was fired by Musk is an Android developer named Eric Frohnhoefer who had said in his tweet that Musk’s Twitter test was slow because the app was doing “>1000 RPCs that were badly compiled just to give time,” which was wrong. A remote procedure call (RPC) allows a program on one computer to call a service from a program on another device and is used on a distributed computer.
On Sunday night, Musk tweeted, “Btw, I’d like to apologize for the slowness of Twitter in many countries. The app is doing > 1000 poorly compiled RPCs just to serve the home timeline!”
Later, the developer quoted Musk’s tweet and wrote, “I spent ~6 years working on Twitter for Android and I can say this is wrong.” Musk asked him, “So please correct me. What’s the right number?” He also asked, “Twitter is slow on Android. What did you do to fix that?”
Twitter is slow on Android. What did you do to fix that?
– Elon Musk (@elonmusk) November 13, 2022
As reactions to Frohnhoefer’s Twitter chat poured in, an anonymous user said, “I’ve been an engineer for 20 years. And I can tell you that as a domain expert here you have to let your boss know privately. Trying to tell him publicly while you’re trying to learn and be helpful makes you look like a mean engineer who works for you. “
I have been an engineer for 20 years. And I can tell you that as a domain expert here you must inform your boss privately.
Trying to meet him in public while he’s trying to learn and be helpful makes you look like a self-hating engineer.
– Money Nerd Techie (@pokemoniku) November 14, 2022
“Maybe he should ask questions privately. Maybe use Slack or email,” the engineer replied coolly. Another user then chimed in and tagged Musk in his tweet, asking the billionaire, “with this kind of attitude, you probably don’t want this guy on your team.”
Musk responded, “You’re fired.”
Since acquiring Twitter Musk has fired several employees of the company including CEO Parag Agrawal, chief financial officer Ned Segal and the Board of Directors.
He also made a number of decisions that affect the performance of Twitter, which has millions of active users every day.
Among the biggest changes Twitter is seeing is the introduction of a new $7.99 per month Green subscription. However, Musk’s decision to use the blue ticker currency has not gone down well with many, and several major brands have pulled, or stopped their ads on the microblogging website.