Elon Musk is turning Twitter into a Jeremy Renner app

Elon Musk really wants you to see his tweets. So much so that he’s turning Twitter into what many compare to his own version of the Jeremy Renner app, the actor’s short-lived foray into vanity app land.

The shift began after Musk noticed his tweets weren’t doing as well as they used to. The billionaire tweetlord reportedly began obsessing over why he wasn’t getting as many Twitter impressions. He even fired an engineer for making the mistake of telling him he’s just not as popular as he used to be, per platformer.

Unlike the plebeians, who become responders or tweet questions to get involved, Musk has the power to change his algorithmic problems. After all, he is the owner and CEO of the company.

On Monday, people noticed something odd: Their timelines were suddenly filled with Musk.

That’s on purpose. Musk was reportedly so desperate that President Joe Biden’s tweet about supporting the Philadelphia Eagles in the Super Bowl received more engagement than he did that he urged the skeleton team, which keeps Twitter online, to change the system to get people first to show his tweets, reports The Verge.

Judging by the reactions online, Twitter users see the change as a pathetic way to gain attention. They say he basically turned the hugely influential platform into a much larger version of Renner’s app, which at least was honest that its purpose was just to coercively push the actor’s content to his fans.

“Spending $44 billion to turn Twitter into its own version of the Jeremy Renner app, insane respect,” @PatBlanchfield tweeted sarcastic.

The Jeremy Renner app allowed Renner to post updates and pictures of himself, which users could then interact with in the comments. With Twitter pushing so many Elon tweets in front of people at the expense of all other posts, people saw it as very similar.

“We all made fun of the Jeremy Renner app, but now we’re all posting on a Jeremy Renner app dedicated to a much less cool guy,” @coolranchzaku commented.

Either a whole bunch of people have decided to re-engage with Musk’s tweets, or his new system is working as he intended.

While his tweet about the Eagles only garnered a paltry 9 million views before deleting it, all of his tweets over the past few days have garnered tens of millions of impressions or more, much to his delight.

Yesterday he posted a tweet glorifying that he forces people to see his tweets.

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Elon Musk/Twitter

Twitter users are less than pleased with the new system that shows them so much Musk.

“It’s like walking into the supermarket and the guy who owns the supermarket climbs out from behind one of the shelves to explain that he has the power to make me look at him while I’m in his building “, @alecrobbins tweeted with a screenshot of Musk’s meme about force-feeding users with his tweets.

A person recommended People are reporting and blocking Musk for “spamming” them with his tweets. Others said that muting him also works. “Block Elon” even started trending on the platform.

You can also avoid his tweets by unfollowing him and choosing to show tweets from people you follow instead of those chosen “for you” — until he changes that too.


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*Initial publication: February 15, 2023 at 11:32 am CST

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