Twitter is Now Owned by Elon Musk

Unless you have been living under a rock lately, you’ve probably heard that Elon Musk has purchased Twitter.

I have been an avid user of Twitter almost since the very beginning, my @BillyDees account is over 12 years old. I first started with Twitter as a blogger. I hosted my own blog and was an editorialist for several other blogs circa 2010-11. There is absolutely no question that Twitter drove readers to my posts. The topical and trending nature of Twitter complimented my editorial writing like a charm.

During this time, I was also a multimedia specialist and continue in that capacity in 2022. In fact, I have been an audio professional for 30 some odd years. As 2012 rolled by, podcasting entered a phase of rapid growth. Several crime podcasts garnered national attention and high-ranking politicians and newsmakers began granting interviews. Internet and streaming capabilities in phones and mobile devices started to become more common. As podcasting grew, given my background, podcasting became a natural fit for me. Twitter, in my opinion, is tailor made for the fast and trending topics covered by podcasters.

I often state that Twitter is my social media home. I now have incorporated Twitter Spaces, an audio forum similar to Clubhouse, as part of my content mix. What happens to that feature, along with other aspects of Twitter, are a large part of the speculation around Musk’s acquisition.

What will Elon Musk do with Twitter? Why did he buy it?

Simply put, I don’t know. However, I am a fan of Elon Musk, and I am optimistic about the future of Twitter. It needed a reset.

Elon Musk’s Twitter account Oct 30, 2022

Musk has often stated that he wants to champion “free speech” on the platform. Elon has suggested he would reconsider Twitter’s approach to content moderation and permanent bans from the platform, all of which could impact the political landscape. At the same time, Musk has reassured advertisers that he doesn’t plan to turn the platform into a “free-for-all hellscape.” In my opinion, Elon also very rightly has mentioned his desire to rid the platform of bots. So much so, that he made the number of bots central to his argument to abandon the deal during this roller coaster ride of the last six months.

The notion that Twitter may also expand the idea of paid subscriptions has also arisen. I, so far, have no issue with this overall concept. I already subscribe to Twitter Blue and feel this would certainly cut down on fake accounts and give a greater consumer voice to users.

As to why Elon decided to buy Twitter, I can only guess. Unlike most of the speculation I have run across online, I do not feel there is anything regarding the technology of Twitter or any intrinsic value Twitter has within it, that could be that intriguing to someone who lands rockets vertically.  

I do feel, the megaphone that Twitter wields, has enormous value. Tesla and SpaceX have no advertising budget. He now has a pick-line directly into the bloodstream of the marketplace. Twitter also has a celebrity aura around its brim. Along with being one of the most successful businessmen in the world, Elon Musk is now a pop-culture icon. Not to mention, in 2024 which is drawing ever so closer, he could be a dominate political force.

Stay tuned.

Podcast Update for October 2022

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Audio platforms such as Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Pandora, and Goodpods continue to be strong places for listeners heading into the fall of 2022 for the Billy Dees Podcast. We continue to incorporate video, when possible, mostly for the benefit of guests who wish to be able to share links where they appear onscreen. We also have been posting audio only podcasts on YouTube because that platform is the second largest search engine available. However, our efforts have focused on audio media.

This brings us to the emergence of what has been termed “social audio,” which has also been a large contributing factor to the podcast. There are various formats but in essence a “room” or “space” consists of a host, speakers, and listeners in an audio forum. The content can be basically any genre or category although mental wellness, motivation, and creativity are among the many favorites. So far, we have been focusing on Twitter Spaces and the Wisdom app. We have recently been accepted as a creator on Fireside (co-founded by Falon Fatemi and Mark Cuban) which has some great production features including video and the ability to live-stream to YouTube. High up on our list is to begin producing some content on Fireside.

You can find Billy Dees on Wisdom and please be aware this is not a place to find the regular podcast episodes listed. The app is free and will give you the capability to listen to creators on the app and interact with them if you wish. We will at times repurpose our content created on social audio into a podcast episode. If you have a Twitter account, you do not need a separate app to engage a Twitter Space.

We have begun researching the blockchain and NFT marketplace for the best content posting options for podcasts and media in general. This has the makings for an exciting new era of content creation. More to come on this but simply put, Web3 and the related technology is on our radar.

Please follow and subscribe to the Billy Dees Podcast, you can find us on your favorite podcasting platform. Here are our podcast links and various social media Billy Dees Linktree.

We don’t always highlight each episode here on the website but here are a few you may have missed.

Laurisha Fant Talks Art, Poetry, Entrepreneurship, and Web3

Laurisha Fant is a visionary with a background in entrepreneurship consulting, who entered being a creative during the pandemic when her commercial painting business slowed down.

Laurisha began to paint in an artistic expression and eventually began creating poetry to unpack her thoughts on life and her past. Laurisha eventually created a live class for organizations to help them to understand the basics of crypto and Web3.

During this podcast episode we discuss entrepreneurship, ideas for entrepreneurs, creativity, web3, and poetry/art. Laurisha enjoys participating in discussions such as this because it’s a great way to hopefully help someone else go for their dreams as well.

You can find Laurisha on Twitter @TheLovely_Lions

Angie Berrett Intuitive Movement Coach – Releasing Stored Trauma

Angie Berrett (she/they) is an Intuitive Movement Coach, Registered Nurse, Advanced Trauma Informed Yoga Instructor and Stand-Up Paddleboard Yoga Instructor who understands the human body and how it works.

Angie helps people relieve stress, anxiety, depression and trauma through play, movements and fun so they can have healing and peace in their lives.

After going from child abuse survivor to registered nurse to yoga instructor, she has spent much of her life caring for others. In 2017 she hit rock bottom and started on a journey to heal. Discovering playful ways of using movements helped her learn to listen to her body, overcoming her suffering in ways traditional modalities could not. Now, she helps others heal their pain, transforming their lives.

Angie is the Owner and Creator of Angie Berrett Movement, coaching people how to release stored trauma in their bodies while increasing energy, strength, and flexibility.

You can find Angie on Twitter @AngieBerrett

Making the Most of Your Interview Appearances – Billy Dees Featuring Kristy Mickelsen

This episode discusses numerous aspects of being interviewed as a guest on podcasts as well as other types of shows.

This episode was recorded with a live studio audience via Twitter Spaces.
  • What should guests bring to the table in terms of content?
  • How should you query the shows you want to be on?
  • In what ways should you support the show after your interview?

Billy Dees and then Kristy Mickelsen each give their core presentations which together run approximately 40 minutes into the episode. Then, a conversation opens up with a live studio audience which was facilitated via Twitter Spaces. The podcast was recorded in studio with an audio feed brought in from Twitter for a question-and-answer segment.

Kristy Mickelsen

Twitter Spaces is a form of the burgeoning medium of social audio. In short, hosts can create audio spaces for presentations and talks. Billy Dees was recently named one of the top voices in social audio by the Global Interview based in Ireland.

You can find Billy Dees on Twitter @BillyDees and Kristy Mickelsen @KristyBooks.

The episode can be found on your favorite platform under the Billy Dees Podcast. The full episode is below for your convenience.

Podcast Update August 2022

I would like to personally thank everyone who has been listening to the Billy Dees Podcast. We don’t feature every episode here on the production website, but we did want to update followers of the blog about some updates and recent episodes.

We have had a wonderful uptick in listens over the past 90 days.

July 2022

Apple Podcasts (then iTunes Podcasts) is where the podcast debuted and remains where a sizable percentage of the listens come from. More recently, Pandora has grabbed a huge percentage of listens. Also, Goodpods, which is what Good Reads is for books except for podcasts, is also coming on strong for listens and has been very active with us on Twitter. Their goal is to have a place where independent podcasts can thrive. We also want to welcome listers on the JioSaavn platform which is based in India.

Some great guests have contributed to our growth. Here is a sample of some of our recent episodes you may have missed. All of these episodes are available on your favorite podcast platform under the Billy Dees Podcast.

“Twitter and Twitter Spaces for Authors with Ruth L. Snyder”

You can find Ruth on Twitter at @RuthLSnyder During this episode we are talking about using Twitter and Twitter Spaces for authors. Many of the topics we cover are applicable to any social media or content marketing strategy in general.

Our guest is Ruth L. Snyder who is the author of “Learn Twitter” which is geared toward writers. Ruth is also a speaker and a book coach.

“Community Building and Marketing with Twitter Spaces with Guest, Keith Keller”

You can find Keith on Twitter at @KeithKeller

Whether you want to improve your content marketing strategy or simply want to build your brand, social media is almost always a major tool in your toolbox. In this episode we are talking with Keith Keller who has been a Twitter strategist since the early days of the platform.

Keith discusses how to Amplify Your Message, Build Your Brand, and Create a Community via Twitter and Twitter Spaces. We also ask him about Social Audio, what it is, and how Twitter Spaces approaches the medium of social audio.

“Talking About Hope with Graciela Moore”

You can find Graciela on Twitter at @SoMCoaching

Graciela Moore is ICF certified, a transcendental hope coach, and author. Graciela also helps HSIP thrive into soul-alignment and is a public speaker.

On this episode Graciela talks about hope, the different ways we consider hope, and how important it is in our daily lives. Please listen in for some great insights into personal growth, happiness, and hope!

Rachel Thompson Talks About Her Book, “Broken People” and Marketing

Rachel Thompson is an author of seven books. She is a champion for survivors and is the originator of the hashtag #SexAbuseChat on Twitter.

She also promotes other writers and is also known for the much-used blogging #MondayBlogs hashtag.

You can find her on Twitter @RachelintheOC, and at @BadRedHeadMedia which is all about creating effective social media and book marketing campaigns for authors.

On this episode we are talking with Rachel about her advocacy for survivors, being an author, and her presence on the new medium Twitter Spaces.

This year 2022, “Broken People” was released and won ‘Best in Category’ for Nonfiction with the Book Excellence Awards

Maria Humphreys from Strong Body Strong Soul, Discusses Meditation, Spirituality, and Social Audio

You can find Maria on Twitter and Twitter Spaces @sbssforme and @techie_maria

On this episode we are talking with Maria Humphreys from the Strong Body Strong Soul Podcast. Maria is passionate about inspiring stories and is very enthusiastic about all topics related to audio, including the emergence of social audio. Maria has been able to combine her meditation practices with the nuances of spoken word communication.

How NEWS Has Changed in the Modern Era

fakenewsHow many times have you heard the term “Breaking News?” How about “Fake News?”

News hasn’t always been presented in this manner.

This podcast episode is a commentary regarding the evolution of news as it was presented during WWII up to the present day.

You can find the podcast on nearly all of the most popular podcast networks.

For your convenience the interview is available below at the bottom of this post. Just hit play. The podcast episode is also available on most of the major podcasting platforms including Apple Podcasts, iHeartRadio, Spotify, and many others under the Billy Dees Podcast.

The episode is titled on these services as:

How NEWS Has Changed in the Modern Era

 

The podcast recording was also captured via webcam.  You may also catch the YouTube version here if you would rather.