If you want to understand @davidgraeber@twitter.com's bullshit jobs, look no further than successful startups. Twitter, Instagram, Slack, etc.

They all started with 10 or 15 employees. Those employees started the product and the business from scratch.

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Those that became successful had a lot of money. With that money, they started to hire thousands of employees. Twitter now has nearly 5000 employees. Slack more than 1500.

What happened to the product ?


Of course, they released new versions with different looks. They solved some bugs (and introduced some new one). They tried to make some new feature. But, basically, they did nothing.

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What is the biggest change since basic Twitter 10 years ago? The "star" became a "like" and message limit went from 140 to 280 characters.

They needed 5000 employees to do that.

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@ploum This makes me wondering what does the employees do exactly? Like seriously?

@tapaniraja @ploum Moderation, fiscal optimisation, communication, and probably, what we don't see, engine optimisation to fight against their bigger competitors, sleep and quality time with relatives...just saying...

@tapaniraja @ploum I must admit, I quite agree with the fact that at least 50% of the jobs are occupation therapy (my job included) whose goal is to produce reporting for other people to read so that they can produce their reporting for....

@tapaniraja : replying to emails asking who should reply to emails.

Not even joking.

The smallest change in the code now involves at least tenth of managers.

@ploum I've imagined it's like this in big corporations. Guess I'm not wrong.

@ploum I guess for Twitter, the question is, should they be more aggressive implementing new features if the core works?

@ploum Wondering how many of the 5000 are necessary. Though awesome that they do hire that many.

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