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Elon Musk changed his mind about joining Twitter's board

Musk's appointment was scheduled to begin on April 9, but according to Twitter CEO Parag Agrawal, he pulled out that same morning.

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Elon Musk suddenly changed his mind about joining Twitter’s board. Musk’s appointment was scheduled to begin on April 9, but according to CEO Parag Agrawal, he pulled out that same morning. The company’s shares fell.

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Here’s a look at the super app’s public debut, by the numbers.

$27.8 billion: GoTo’s valuation based on its IPO pricing

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2.5 million: Number of GoTo drivers

55 million: Annual number of users who make transactions on the app

$1 billion: Revenue in the 12 months through September

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Twitter x Elon

An illustration of what Twitter might look like if Elon Musk's suggestions take hold.
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Although he’s no longer joining the board of Twitter, its largest individual shareholder Elon Musk has been publicly ruminating on changes to the social media platform.

Suggestions from the SpaceX and Tesla CEO range from the serious—lowering the price of Twitter’s subscription offering, Twitter Blue—to the strange (and misogynistic)—changing the company’s name to “Titter”.

Quartz visual journalist Amanda Shendruk mocked up what Twitter could look like if Musk’s polls and ponderings get a pass from board members. Take a look at the suggestions.

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