back to article On-by-default video calls come to X, disable to retain your sanity

Don't want to start being bombarded by video calls from Xitter? Then you'd better disable this new "feature" added to the platform yesterday. X owner Elon Musk first teased the addition of video and audio calls to his rebranded Twitter in August as part of his drive to turn X into the everything app he's long wanted. The …

  1. Alumoi Silver badge

    Xitter?

    How do you pronounce it? Inquiring minds want to know.

    Shitter?

    1. James O'Shea

      Re: Xitter?

      'X' is pronounced like 'Sh'. Because that's where it is.

      1. b0llchit Silver badge

        Re: Xitter?

        Where the Xcreetions are produced.

      2. CrazyOldCatMan Silver badge

        Re: Xitter?

        'X' is pronounced like 'Sh'. Because that's where it is.

        Or, at the very least, where it's headed..

    2. elsergiovolador Silver badge

      Re: Xitter?

      Shitter?

      It's where people use it and post their brain farts.

      1. drankinatty

        Re: Xitter?

        And where the bleach-blond Cheeto (a.k.a. a former US President) stores classified documents according to one talented Congresswoman from Texas.

        1. MrDamage Silver badge

          Re: Xitter?

          Surely you jest. I didn't think Texas was progressive enough to elect a woman.

    3. Anonymous Coward
      Anonymous Coward

      Re: Xitter?

      Shitter, it's the turd that won't flush.

    4. Matthew "The Worst Writer on the Internet" Saroff

      "X" is Pronounced "ECCH"

      This is, of course an American English word meaning disgusting, but it is also an homage to William Gaines and Mad Magazine.

      Does the word find use in the UK as well?

      1. that one in the corner Silver badge

        Re: "X" is Pronounced "ECCH"

        > also an homage to William Gaines and Mad Magazine.

        Or to faithful fans of Stan Lee and Marvel's "Not Brand Ecch" (whatever happened to Forbush Man?[1])

        > Does the word find use in the UK as well?

        Less and less in my experience[2], as Cracked made the move to the web, leaving Mad behind. Oh, for the glory days of publishing, 1968, we hardly knew ye.

        [1] Now, that is a story I'd like to see, but would we get Moore or Gaiman interested?

        [2] your experience may differ, speak now or ...

        1. Matthew "The Worst Writer on the Internet" Saroff

          Re: "X" is Pronounced "ECCH"

          "Not Brand Ecch," was also an homage to Gaines, a sub rosa reference to the original EC comics.

    5. bemusedHorseman
      Trollface

      Re: Xitter?

      Personally, I find "the Birds-Aren't-Real app" far easier to pronounce, along with the double meaning of representing the average intellect on the site, and the quite literal death of the twitter bird itself.

  2. Paul Crawford Silver badge

    Year Two of X is shaping up to be interesting - maybe it'll be the last?

    Well maybe something might be better in 2024...

    1. Arthur the cat Silver badge

      Well maybe something might be better in 2024...

      Like maybe BlueSky will be available without invite codes.

  3. David 132 Silver badge

    We should all thank Musk.

    No, really.

    Given that social media in general - and Twitter in particular - is a plague on society, good manners, reasonable debate and civility… his selfless efforts to turn it into an x social-network (see what I did there?) must be applauded.

    Can we persuade him, and his investor backers who clearly hate having so much money, to buy Facebook next and burn that to the ground, too?

    1. trevorde Silver badge

      Re: We should all thank Musk.

      Don't forget:

      * Instagram

      * Tik Tok

      * Snapchat

      1. David 132 Silver badge
        Happy

        Re: We should all thank Musk.

        I had tried to, but thank you for undoing months of expensive therapy!

      2. James O'Shea

        Re: We should all thank Musk.

        Instagram is owned by the Zuck. if you just get Meta, you get both Arsebook and Instastupid.

        Tik Tok is owned by the PRC. Start posting lots of pix of Winnie the Pooh. Maybe a few of Paddington the Bear. See if you can irritate Xi into killing it for you.

        Snapchat, unfortunately, might require more direct action.

      3. Anonymous Coward
        Anonymous Coward

        Re: We should all thank Musk.

        Don't kill Snapchat, how will drug dealers sell their wares?

        Oh, yeah, Facebook.

        1. MachDiamond Silver badge

          Re: We should all thank Musk.

          "Don't kill Snapchat, how will drug dealers sell their wares?

          Oh, yeah, Facebook."

          In the US it's usually Craigslist since the ads are more local.

  4. Howard Sway Silver badge

    Visa, one returning advertiser Yaccarino cited, spent just $10

    What does that get you now, a million ads? Generally, chief executives of well known companies don't boast in public that a customer has spent $10 with them.......... there's usually been some bigger sales than that.

  5. Lee D Silver badge

    Android - app doesn't have permissions to open my camera or microphone.

    Brain - First "call" I get, the app gets uninstalled.

    Also Brain - Why the f**k would I ever want to call someone on Twitter... like... who would you ever add on Twitter that you'd want to call? And even if you did, who would you call that you couldn't do in a million other better ways?

    I know you're trying to bury Twitter, Musk, and I can't really understand why except out of some kind of spite, but it's about time everyone still working there just walked out.

    1. Joe W Silver badge

      The plan...

      ... as per his Muskiness (as far as I understand it) is to turn TCFKAT into a "general communication thingy" (basically everything should go through that... app-thingy), so yes, moving all those Farcebook direct messages and WhatsApp voice calls to TCFKAT was the reason for the rebranding.

      Or maybe he's just making things up as he goes and Xitting all over the place.

    2. Phil O'Sophical Silver badge

      First "call" I get, the app gets uninstalled.

      Why wait?

    3. breakfast Silver badge

      If he's not simply huffing his own stupidity and incompetence, then my guess is that Musk might have some escape plan if Twitter goes bankrupt. He didn't really want to buy it after all, he may think getting out is money well spent.

    4. MachDiamond Silver badge

      "Also Brain - Why the f**k would I ever want to call someone on Twitter."

      Elon's ground breaking idea is that X will be the "one app to rule them all" so people will be doing all of their communicating, banking, etc on the platform.

      The problem is that Elon takes a lot of drugs so things don't get properly planned, marketed and released in any sort of rational way. A professional company would have released xCall, the next something or another in modern communications. Works along side xItter microblogging thingy.

  6. aerogems Silver badge
    Coffee/keyboard

    Not Holding Junk Debt

    That must have been one "alternative facts" heavy presentation. It'd probably be enough to make even a hardened advertising hack blush with embarrassment. It's like saying Xitter is on the road to being profitable. I mean sure, if you ignore things like debt servicing payments, rent on facilities, money owed to former employees, and all the lawsuits being leveled against the company, I could maybe believe they'd be on track to eek out a tiny profit. Probably less than a single percent, but a profit just the same. Factor in any one of those things, and I imagine Xitter is nowhere near profitability. Factor in all of them and they're like the Titanic right before the ship broke in half.

    I just cannot understand why anyone would take that job. I get wanting to add "CEO" to your resume, and in normal circumstances even if you bungle things pretty badly it wouldn't really matter. But everyone would know you're just a puppet and Twitler (or maybe Xitler) was the one who was really calling the shots. Your job was to be chief taste tester of all those shit sandwiches and to be the one who is hauled in front of Congress or similar legislative body when politicians need a pound of flesh to make the voters happy.

    1. Doctor Syntax Silver badge

      Re: Not Holding Junk Debt

      "I just cannot understand why anyone would take that job."

      Money. If you don't pay the rent and the redundancy there's still enough money in the kitty to pay a CEO enough to make it worthwhile. When there isn't she'll move on - or retire on the profits (hers, not the company's).

      1. bazza Silver badge

        Re: Not Holding Junk Debt

        Often a big part of the remuneration package is shares. In this case, that'd not be an attractive option. The only reason to work for Musk in this capacity has to be cold, hard cash.

        Doing for the purposes of tarting up a resume is somewhat doubtful; people are going to question one's wisdom for doing it. There's a difference between taking on a shit job that's got to be done, and taking on a shit job that is also a non-job like this one. If one cannot spot the difference, that's surely a black mark against one's resume?!

        1. Joe W Silver badge

          Re: Not Holding Junk Debt

          Nah, CxOs are not rated on their performance, success of the company, intelligence, or even wisdom.

          Dontcha read the news?

          Don't overthink it. They get a fuckton of cash and that is what matters.

          1. MachDiamond Silver badge

            Re: Not Holding Junk Debt

            "They get a fuckton of cash"

            What would that be in el Reg units?

        2. parlei Bronze badge

          Re: Not Holding Junk Debt

          There is a niche for CEOs that could be described as "comes in, does all the hard-to-brutal cost-cutting, changes things internally according to the Agenda, and then departs 1-3 years later (for the next job)". The boards know what they hire, be it the obedient stooge or the brutal henchman, and they will hire what they want.

          In the case of working for the Musky One? It is a suicide mission, but if you have the hubris to think you can both salvage something and survive you might decide it is worth it.

        3. MachDiamond Silver badge

          Re: Not Holding Junk Debt

          "There's a difference between taking on a shit job that's got to be done, and taking on a shit job that is also a non-job like this one. If one cannot spot the difference, that's surely a black mark against one's resume?!"

          Maybe she figured she could fleece Elon for a healthy 9 figures as her swan song before retirement. The writing was on the wall that the job would be a lightning rod and xitt sandwich taster from the very beginning. Given her net worth and a nice dollop of cream on top and she could live a long rest of her life in fabulous places dining on nothing but caviar and Champagne with hot and cold running fit male assistants.

    2. Anonymous Coward
      Anonymous Coward

      Re: Not Holding Junk Debt

      judging from the interview,

      See seemed to be a psycho like muskytwat

      1. MachDiamond Silver badge

        Re: Not Holding Junk Debt

        "judging from the interview,

        See seemed to be a psycho like muskytwat"

        I've appeared to be a very different person when interviewing for a job depending on what it seemed like the employer was looking for. The break point will be when stock options vest or some other date is reached. At that point she can tell Elon to take is job and shovel it with fat payout in hand.

  7. Phil E Succour

    It just won’t lie down and die…

    Space Karen keeps raining blows on it, but the X/Twitter corpse is still twitching after a year of his efforts. Perhaps he needs to break out the garlic and wooden stake?

    1. Phil O'Sophical Silver badge
      Coat

      Re: It just won’t lie down and die…

      X-orcism?

      1. MachDiamond Silver badge
        Coat

        Re: It just won’t lie down and die…

        "X-orcism?"

        Hey baby, does your app spin around?

  8. DS999 Silver badge

    I wonder if this

    Will turn out to be as big of a disaster as it appears it might? There are exactly zero people other than Elon Musk who will EVER want to use Twitter for video calling. He really is a grade A moron.

    1. Kevin McMurtrie Silver badge

      Re: I wonder if this

      Maybe Musk was high, got a pornographic video chat request, and he thought, "Everyone should have this!"

      I've heard enough Zoom-bombing horror stories to not want video calls via X.

      1. Anonymous Coward
        Anonymous Coward

        Re: I wonder if this

        > Maybe Musk was high, got a pornographic video chat request wanted to send a pornographic video chat request (or dick pic), and he thought, "Everyone should have have to see this!"

        FTFY.

  9. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    Video calling?

    Sounds positively awful.

    The kids today!

    1. Anonymous Coward
      Anonymous Coward

      Manchild, look at the state you're in

      > The kids today!

      Sadly, Elon Musk isn't remotely a "kid", just a pathetic manchild that acts like a wannabe-edgy 16-year-old even though he's now in his early fifties.

      "420", tee hee!

  10. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    Random bots liking posts

    Almost every post I make gets liked almost immediately by <girlsname-stringofnumbers>. Look at the profile and see a photo of a girl, presumably stolen from somewhere. Often the same photo used on multiple accounts. A very common one being a photo of cleavage in a polkadot dress. There are no posts or replies and has a description something like "hot girl looking for love". I block them, but it is like whack-a-mole.

    Only started happening in the last few months.

    1. Kevin McMurtrie Silver badge

      Re: Random bots liking posts

      What? I'm not seeing that! Even...the Fembots ignore me?

      Oh, not Register upvotes. Whew.

      1. Anonymous Coward
        Anonymous Coward

        Re: Random bots liking posts

        Hey, handsome! I liked your post. Looking to have some fun?

    2. parlei Bronze badge

      Re: Random bots liking posts

      I've gotten those for years: I think they are the male equivalent to DM from US officers with suitcase of bills in Afghanistan (or The Real Keanu Reeves) that women receive.

      I also get the wannabe social media star who only posts in Turkish (etc), and friends thousands daily, hoping for routine mutual friend/following: step 3 is presumably profit.

      1. Arthur the cat Silver badge

        Re: Random bots liking posts

        I've gotten those for years: I think they are the male equivalent [etc]

        I don't think you necessarily have to be (obviously) male to get them. My TwitterX account name is an arcane one with no indication of gender, but at least once a day a post of mine, often an old one from weeks back, gets a like from a random account with more cleavage than followers.

    3. MachDiamond Silver badge

      Re: Random bots liking posts

      "I block them, but it is like whack-a-mole."

      I've started getting those via email to an account I use as a temp. Free pr0n delivered twice a day wouldn't be so bad but I really don't like plastic girls with lots of tatts and shrapnel (so much that it's "clang" rather than "bling").

  11. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    Shit-show run like a shit-show

    Bears shit in woods.

    Pope admits he’s a Catholic.

  12. Mitoo Bobsworth

    Bad thinking

    Seems to me Musk will find out the hard way that bankers don't have a sense of humour when it comes to a lack return on investment.

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