The death of Twitter won’t be as messy as many expect. Here’s what its demise could look like.

Hello from a very chilly New York. I’m your host, Jordan Parker Erb, and I’ve spent this morning wistfully thinking of simpler times, like a few hours ago when I was still wrapped up in my flannel bedding.

But it’s not healthy to dwell on the past, so let’s look ahead. Today, we’re talking about what the downfall of Twitter could look like — and it’s probably not what you think.

Reporting from my colleagues Matt Weinberger and Kali Hays suggests the site probably won’t crash and burn in spectacular fashion. Instead, it could just enter a flop era so profound that it simply withers away in the dark corner of the internet, surrounded by similar-fated platforms like MySpace (RIP).

Anyways. We’ve got more on that below, so let’s skedaddle.

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1. The death of Twitter won’t be the dramatic explosion you might expect. The chaos that’s followed Elon Musk’s takeover of the platform has many users already mourning the site’s demise. But it’s not dead yet, and will likely never fully die. Here’s what would happen instead:

  • Insiders and experts told Kali Hays that with than ever before and drastically fewer employees, — even likely — in the near future.

  • But that breakdown does not mean Twitter would suddenly go dark. Instead, technical issues are bound to occur, possibly in the form of small issues or glitches building up until the site is effectively broken.

  • At that point, unreliability could force users , writes Matt Weinberger. Twitter would become irrelevant — lingering, but never fully dying in that final, fiery burst that some users seem to be expecting.

  • Put simply, Twitter is more likely to enter its “flop era” than combust entirely.

In other news:

2. Ousted Disney CEO Bob Chapek will walk away with a decent paycheck. Chapek left the top spot at the company this weekend after less than three years, but he won’t be walking away empty handed — he’ll likely leave with . Plus, we have an inside look at .

3. Amazon’s Astro home robot will survive the massive cuts hitting the company. A leaked email shows that while jobs and projects are being slashed across Amazon, the vision for home robotics “remains intact.”

4. Twitter and Meta staff are flocking to vent on Blind. Some Meta staff have taken to the platform to share that the company’s chief technology officer is on the site.

5. Facing layoffs? Do these five things to get back on your feet. A software engineer who just went through her fourth layoff said workers should apply for unemployment right after being laid off, and reach out to their networks for support.

6. A leaked email shows Twitter employees must send Elon Musk weekly updates of everything they’ve worked on. The check-ins help Musk assure that Twitter will “.” In other Musk news, the billionaire told Twitter employees that he’s , and he tweeted Monday that the .

7.  This Instagram account is helping laid-off tech workers network and land jobs. As the industry undergoes waves of layoffs, one Meta employee is using her Instagram account to connect unemployed workers with mentors and job leads.

8. A TikToker went to the White House with Selena Gomez. Jorge Alvarez started posting videos on TikTok last April, but his growth on the platform allowed him to take his passion to the next level. Recently, he accompanied Gomez to discuss mental-health services with President Joe Biden, and has made $30,200 through brand collaborations and speaking engagements.

Odds and ends:

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What we’re watching today:

  • The starts today in London.

  • HP, Best Buy, and others are reporting earnings.

  • Apple is facing a UK class-action lawsuit accusing it of concealing poor iPhone performance.

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Curated by Jordan Parker Erb in New York. (Feedback or tips? Email or tweet .) Edited by Hallam Bullock (tweet ) in London.

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