On Wednesday, social media giant Twitter experienced an outage that rendered users unable to send tweets, follow accounts or send direct messages. In response, CEO Elon Musk made the decision to hold off on further development of new features and reduce costs in order to maximize system stability. Musk first came up with this idea last year when he purchased Twitter for a staggering $44 billion dollars. His intention was to reduce costs through changes such as closing down data centers in Sacramento and Atlanta and cutting back on Google Cloud Platform usage. The move was met largely with approval, as it was projected to save the company nearly one billion dollars. The decision is a necessary step for Twitter ahead of the upcoming Super Bowl event which is expected to cause a large spike in activity across the platform.
Reducing certain features and services, such as transitioning from one data center to another, will help ensure that site performance remains high throughout this period of high traffic. The email sent out by Chief Executive Officer Elon Musk stated that all development and transition efforts should be halted until at least next week while they work out any bugs with the existing setup and prepare for increased user activity later this month during Super Bowl weekend. Reports suggest that usability tests have already begun on systems in order to evaluate their resilience before the big game arrives. It’s clear that this move by Elon Musk signals his commitment towards keeping Twitter running smoothly, especially during periods where there may be an influx of users online at once. Not only will it make the site more reliable but it could also help save the company time and money in the long run by reducing Google Cloud Platform usage until needed later on down the line.
As of now, it looks like the site is well on its way to being able to handle the large influx of new users this month. Overall, by taking a cost-cutting approach and reducing the reliance on expensive services such as Google Cloud Platform, Elon Musk is demonstrating his commitment towards making Twitter a reliable platform for its users. He has clearly taken the necessary steps in order to ensure that it will be able to handle the large spike in user activity that is expected this month during Super Bowl weekend. With these measures in place, Twitter users can rest assured knowing that their favorite platform will remain up and running at all times.