6 Ways Elon Musk Could Make Twitter Better

Nicholas Ptacek
3 min readApr 26, 2022

Day One initiatives could breathe new life into the platform

A lot of today’s discourse has revolved around ways Twitter might change for the worse in the wake of Elon Musk’s successful buyout. Not as much has focused on day one initiatives that could breathe new life into the platform.

Here are six ways @elonmusk could improve Twitter:

  1. Scrap @verified and start over
  2. Welcome third party devs once again
  3. Improve search
  4. Allow algorithm customization/fine-tuning
  5. Ad-free mode (paid)
  6. Different approach to data visualization

Before I get into the specifics, let me clarify — I’m coming from a background in software development with a focus on security and privacy, and speaking as both a longtime twitter shareholder and someone who has been around since the early days of the site.

The topics of free speech, content moderation, and identity verification are complex, multifaceted, and require a lot of nuance to discuss in a productive manner, something which Twitter isn’t all that conducive to. My previous work covers my views on these and similar topics.

I deeply value Twitter as a platform, and feel that it is currently only utilized at a fraction of its true potential. Information will perhaps be the most valuable commodity in years to come, as we move away from an ad-supported internet model and on to something better.

Even in its current incarnation, Twitter can be incredibly valuable as an information gathering tool. Thanks to twitter, I was aware of and prepared for covid two months before everyone else.

Most of my improvement suggestions are focused on the way *I* use twitter, which is oftentimes more as a realtime info feed than anything else (latest tweets timeline is best timeline don’t @ me).