It depends on the workplace as to how well a worker can argue with the boss, but in light of what transpired on Sunday and Monday, it would be safe to infer publicly opposing Twitter CEO Elon Musk is not a good strategy in terms of job security.
All of this transpired over the course of many hours on Twitter, starting with Musk apologizing for how slow Twitter was in some nations before turning into the spectacle of Twitter engineer Eric Frohnhoefer arguing against Musk.
Musk concluded by adding, “He’s fired,” a Muskian take on former President Donald Trump’s catchphrase from “The Apprentice.”
I have spent ~6yrs working on Twitter for Android and can say this is wrong. https://t.co/sh30ZxpD0N
— Eric Frohnhoefer @ 🏡 (@EricFrohnhoefer) November 13, 2022
The Verge has an explanation for people who are unclear about the meaning of the technobabble.
The article stated that Musk’s apologies “implied that the poor performance is because the app does over 1,000 ‘poorly batched’ remote procedure calls to load the home timeline — basically saying the app has to reach out to other servers a bunch of times and wait for a response for each request.”
Frohnhoefer, contradicting those who advised it was not the best course to take, not only objected but went on to elaborate on how incorrect the boss was.
I have been a developer for 20 years. And I can tell you that as the domain expert here you should inform your boss privately.
Trying to one up him in public while he is trying to learn and be helpful makes you look like a spiteful self serving dev.
— Money Nerd Techie (@pokemoniku) November 14, 2022
Then, in front of everyone, Frohnhoefer and Musk argued about the nature and scope of the issue. At one point, Musk questioned the developer about his efforts to address a Twitter on Android issue.
contrats on your 15 minutes of fame! why did you never answer the question? pic.twitter.com/6Wz6310uYg
— Steven Spencer (@sspencer_smb) November 14, 2022
Elon: “Thanks for coming out, that dryer fire really could have been a problem.”
Firefighter: “literally your entire house is currently, right this second, on fire.”
Elon stan: “with this kind of attitude, you probably don’t want this guy on your team”
Elon: “he’s fired” https://t.co/HX7n16LcUu
— strings and sealing wax (@22_over7) November 14, 2022
“You probably don’t want this guy on your team,” one user wrote.
Eventually, the debate came to a close, with two words from Musk.
— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) November 14, 2022
Guess it is official now. pic.twitter.com/5SRwotyD8J
— Eric Frohnhoefer @ 🏡 (@EricFrohnhoefer) November 14, 2022
More on this story via The Western Journal:
Frohnhoefer noted that he has since received other employment offers.
The episode left Twitter users debating the wisdom of what Musk did, with some saying, “This genius in action is rarely seen publicly,” and others less thrilled.
Musk purchased Twitter late last month, and in that time had fired about half of Twitter’s employees while shaking up much of Twitter’s internal operations. CONTINUE READING…