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Why Elon Musk’s Buying Twitter Is The Biggest Power Move

The Acquisition of Twitter

The acquisition of Twitter by the richest person on earth has dominated the headlines for the best part of 2022’s April.

The hostile courtship between Musk and Twitter and the entirety of the nature of the buyout has raised eyebrows. On April 14th 2022, Musk bought 9.1% of Twitter for $2.64 billion. He became the biggest shareholder. A week later, the board of directors invited him to join the board. Musk seemed amenable to it. A few days later, he was nonplus and reluctant to join the board. He explained that he valued free speech and in Twitter’s current state free speech would not thrive nor serve the agenda.

This then developed into an all-out buyout war. The Twitter board proposed using the “poison pill”, a strategy to prevent a total buyout and privatization. Then on April 25th, it was reported that Twitter’s board had unanimously accepted an offer for $44 Billion. This meant the process of privatizing the company had commenced.

This tag of war has had a lot of people questioning Musk’s motive in acquiring the company. Some members on the platform have even threatened to cease using it. Is the motive to make more billions from it? Is the motive to inhibit/control the free speech he has claimed to defend?

Former C.E.O Jack Dorsey tweeted the same day of the agreement, saying, “In principle, I don’t believe anyone should own or run Twitter. It wants to be a public good at protocol level, not a company. Solving for the problem of it being a company, however, Elon is the singular solution I trust. I trust his mission to extend the light of consciousness.” A statement which could be interpreted as a blessing from the former Twitter boss.

Billionaires and Media Companies

Billionaires owning media/publishing companies is not a new occurrence. Rupert Murdoch owns hundreds of publishing outlets in the US and internationally, most notably Fox and Sky News, Michael Bloomberg has made a fortune from publishing through his co-founded news and information outlet Bloomberg L.P.

Although it didn’t break the internet like the Twitter acquisition, back in 2013, Jeff Bezos, Amazon C.E.O bought the New York Post. Through his leadership that focused on the Post’s economic side and through a technological approach was able to double its web traffic within 4 years reviving an almost dying media giant. Another recent and notable buyout is the Meredith Corporation by the mogul couple, Marc and Lynne Benioff.

Apart from the obvious reason that billionaires can buy media companies because they can, plain and simple, why else would a billionaire or anyone want to buy a media company? And why does Elon Musk want Twitter?

On TedTalk 2022 Elon Musk did hint he wasn’t sure if he would be able to acquire and privatize the company but did state his acquisition of the company was not to profit off of it. He said,”… it’s just that I think my strong, intuitive sense is that having a public platform that is maximally trusted and broadly inclusive, is extremely important to the future of civilization.”

With that statement and a tweet from May 6th that reads, “If Twitter acquisition completes, company will be super focused on hardcore software engineering, design, infosec & server hardware,” it is clear Elon Musk wants to have publishing control which is and will be a very powerful tool in the world’s future which will be run by tech, a field Musk is an expert.

Why Twitter?

Elon Musk has the ability to buy a lot of the already established social media platforms. With his finances, Musk has the ability to start his own platform. So why Twitter?

The social media platform, Twitter, was created in March 2006 by Jack Dorsey, Noah Glass, Biz Stone, and Evan Williams. The platform was listed in the top 10 most visited websites and boasted over 2 billion search queries a day in 2016. The first reason for wanting to buy Twitter might be that it is already established and successful.

Twitter Presidents

Moreover, the platform has been credited by many for the success of US presidential candidates and 2 term president Barak Obama and Donald J. Trump’s first term win in 2016. Obama is the first president to campaign via the new social media platforms which garnered him global popularity and also the first to directly engage with citizens/followers on social media platforms while in office. Even he has admitted how vital a role Twitter played in getting his message across to the nation.

Trump was banned from Twitter which raised a lot of controversy due to his alleged callous and irresponsible tweets. The former US president however had a lot of engagement on the platform during campaigns and while in office. This shows just how powerful Twitter is as a tool in politics. Trump has even launched his own social media platform, Truth Social, through Trump Media and the site is very similar to Twitter. This is evidence of just how much he values social engagement in his attempt to run for a second term in office.

The president of the United States of America is dubbed the most powerful man on the planet. Among all the other social media platforms Twitter gets the most credit as a president maker. It is fair to assume the richest person on earth also wants to be the most powerful person on earth and owning Twitter is just the first step to making sure he has control.

Power Move

Elon Musk may not necessarily be after the presidency but it is obvious he has seen the amount of potential and influence the platform has.

In the words of Tony Montana from Scarface, “In this country, you got to make the money first, then when you get the money you get the power. Then when you get the power then you get the women.” The latter part of the statement might be irrelevant but Elon Musk has the money and might be now going after the power, a feat that Twitter has proven it can assist in achieving. Imagine one man owning a platform that got two United States presidents elected.

Websites and Apps Offering Freelancing Opportunities in 2022

The most popular way of earning a living today and in our current situation is online. Even before the pandemic one of the most Googled phrases was “How to make money online.” This is with good reason. A lot of young people find it hard to land employment immediately after they graduate from high school with their GED or even from college with a bachelor’s degree.

Also, in our current situation where the pandemic has negatively affected our lives, it is hard to get a job. Globally, millions of people have lost employment as others have lost businesses.  Nevertheless, life has to go on. Freelancing has become one of the biggest employment avenues. Not only is it a way to make a living, people are also using it to earn extra money to try and lessen the harshness of the battered economy. 

Freelancing usually involves using ones’ skills to complete tasks for others. Most times it is remotely and rarely, it is tasks done physically.  Also, working on freelancing platforms allows one flexibility to pursue other forms of work and also does not constrain one to a 9-5 desk job.

Requirements To Be A Freelancer

The requirements to start freelancing on online platforms and apps are simple and the list below highlights a starter pack. 

  • A skill or skills that can be useful to others. A good example of skill set that have much success online is graphic design which is popular for freelancers. Some tasks like being a virtual personal assistant simply require proficiency in grammar. Knowledge and fluency in foreign languages also adds gives an advantage as it increases the scope of your clientele. 
  • Access to a computer and working internet. Most jobs or tasks will require you to work and deliver the tasks online. A phone might work but a computer is recommend on most platforms as it can complete even the more complex tasks.
  • Identity documents and credentials. As much as freelancing platforms will allow almost everyone to sign up and start working, having credible documents has proven to give you an advantage.

With that, below is an analysis of the best freelancing websites and apps as of August 2021.

Top BEST FREELANCING WEBSITES - Developers Nation

Upwork

This US-based platform was known as Elance-oDesk before rebranding in 2015. It hosts over 18 million registered freelancers and 5 million registered clients. On average Upwork posts over 3 million jobs and transactions of over $1 billion. 

Clients can vet, hire and pay freelancers on the platform. Both parties can also give reviews of each other which serves as references to other users. The platform has categorized various jobs which makes the user experience splendid. It has applications for all devices and one can also work using their website, www.upwork.com. Almost every profession can be found on Upwork and with 5 million registered clients it is very likely for one to find work.

Fiverr

Fiverr is an Israeli freelance, online market place and one of the biggest freelancing platforms. Launched in 2010 also registers users as buyers and sellers of various commodities and services. Pricing of tasks on the platform, which are termed as gigs starts at $5. It 

Fiverr Gigs range from one-off jobs to gigs that are contractual and lasting for long periods. Jobs most popular are graphic design, digital marketing, writing and translation, programming and tech, music and audio. It is popular among users outside that US. 

In early 2020, Fiverr reported $107.1 million in revenue. It has also being seeing an ascension in growth since its inception which is a good sign for anyone wanting to start freelancing.

Guru

Guru.com is a platform that assists companies to find freelancers. The platform operates on the principle that companies may require particular skillsets but for limited amounts of time thus it provides them the chance to seek freelancers and hire them on short-term contracts. Guru.com has over 3 million verified freelancers.

Also, the platform which was launched in San Francisco in 1999, launched its SmartMatch technology which matches credentials of applicants to jobs. This platform is popular for and among high tech workers such as developers. It is known for its flexibility where payment is concerned.

Freelancer

Freelancer is a general freelance platform. All sorts of job have registered on the platform. The site boasts of having bigshot users such as Microsoft and the aircraft production giant, Boeing. Freelancer has over 1800 job categories and is simple to sign-up. Their principle seem to be connecting small businesses and talents to potential employers. 

Freelancers sign-up and upload samples of their previous jobs then they begin bidding for the various posted jobs. Selected freelancers then negotiate terms and the process continues to completion. Freelancer boasts of over 54 million employers which makes the site one of the easiest to find work as a freelancer.

People Per Hour

PeoplePerHour.com is a UK-based freelancing platform. It is popular among small businesses and start-ups looking for freelancers to carry out particular projects and or tasks on short-term contracts. 

They use a “talent cloud”, where freelancers upload their samples and previously completed work. The platform is the most popular freelance site in Europe. This means that a freelancer outside Europe with knowledge is languages popular in the region could have an advantage. Currently it is estimated to have transacted over $200 million from the over 1 million jobs posted on the platform. 

Honorable Mentions

Toptal 

This platforms deals with top-tier (3%) of the best freelancers in fields such as web design, project managers, data analysts, and finance experts.

Aquent 

Matches freelancers to jobs. For the platforms above, one common problem has been incorrectly matching jobs which has resulted in low reviews for the freelancers and the platforms. Aquent focuses more on correct matches for better results for all parties.

FlexJobs

The platform focuses on flexibility for both on-site and remote freelance jobs. It conducts scrupulous vetting to eliminate the possibility of scams.

Freelancing is proving to be lucrative industry due to its flexibility. It is also becoming a top earner with an example of India which is expecting to make between $20-30 Billion by 2027 from freelancing. With all these freelancing platforms available it wouldn’t hurt to try adding your revenue stream or getting that dream job.

The Best Search Engines For School Work in 2022

Search engines are becoming the new libraries. For teaching and learning purposes, a student has to be careful what information from search engines such as Google, Yahoo Answers, Ask Jeeves, and many others that they choose to use. Teachers, lecturers, and professors will be quick to reject “Googled papers” as they will cite a lack of effort on the student’s part. A student should change tack in their use of search engines for research and schoolwork to be efficient in their school work. Part of changing tact should include knowing the best search engines for school work.

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Furthermore, a student after good grades will often deviate from the school’s online library to acquire more information, especially for research papers. It shows and proves effort, hard work, and the submitted work will be authentic and original.

Thence, which are the best search engines for school work?

Google Scholar

Google is by far the most popular search engine in the world. Using it for school work and academic research can be a hassle because of the vast amount of information. Sorting through all the results pages for relevance and accuracy can take up a lot of time, and that’s where Google Scholar comes in. The search engine grants access to a vast pool of academic resources. The webpages and links contain relevant and accurate:

  1. Studies Journals 
  2. Books and 
  3. Other reliable scholarly resources.

It works similar to the Google search engines, has the same layout, and uses keywords to sort information. Couple it with Google Books, and you have the most accessible library in the world. It doesn’t need you to create an account on the platform to access its content.

Research Gate

This search engine, launched in 2008, boasts of having 130 + million publications accessible to its over 20 million users. Research Gate is a professional network founded by physician Dr. Ijad Madisch, Dr. Soren Hofmayer, and computer scientist Horst Fickenscher. Research Gate states that its mission, “to connect the world of science and make research open to all.” The search engine also offers a platform for social interaction among users that aids in progressing research and exchanging research information and different points of view.

Currently, the vast majority of researchers provide academic information on biology and medicine.

It also contains these scholarly niches:

  1. Computer science
  2. Engineering, and,
  3. Psychology 

For science-based researchers and students looking to pursue science subjects, Research Gate is the best search engine.

Microsoft Academic

This search engine has one of the best if not the best user experience among scholar search engines. Microsoft Academic identifies contents of searches as entities. These entities include

  1. Publications
  2. Authors
  3. Topics
  4. Journals, and
  5. Institutions
  6. Conferences

The above are subdivided into different categories making sorting out information easy. 

The Conferences entity offers info about publication venues and indexes conferences that publish proceedings and therefore have discoverable publications on the web. The search engine also gives live updates, meaning the academic resources on Microsoft Academic are kept up to date hence very relevant for research work and school reports.

Microsoft Academic boasts 264,286,492 publications, 273,645,368 authors, and 49,038 journals as of August 2021. You can access the search engine without having to sign up or sign in. However, for an optimized user experience signing up would be the best option as it stores recent searches and creates a better search environment for you.

Educational Resources Information Center (ERIC)

As the name suggests, ERIC is known for academic information for aspiring teachers and professionals in the education field. Dubbed online digital library of education research and information, it provides a comprehensive, user-friendly, searchable, internet-based bibliographic and full-text database of education research and information for teachers, researchers, and the general public. ERIC aims to improve teaching, learning, and educational decision-making. It offers access to 1.5 bibliographic records of journal articles and other education-related materials. The materials are available in Adobe PDF format.

From its foundation in 1966 up to its evolution into a search engine, it has built a vast collection of;

  1. Journal articles
  2. Books
  3. Research syntheses
  4. Conference papers
  5. Dissertations
  6. Technical reports
  7. Policy papers, and
  8. Other education-related materials.

 Semantic Scholar

This search engine uses AI and engineering to understand the semantics of scientific knowledge. Semantic Scholar eases the challenges of having an ocean of information online and sorting it to find the correct research relevant to you. It directs you to the most relevant information, helps overcome information overload. Semantic Scholar studies information overload and develops tools AI tools to overcome it. Such a tool is TLDR, which automatically generates single-sentence paper summaries. Such a tool lessens the time spent looking for relevant information and aids researchers and scholars narrow down what to read and use for research.

Using a combination of the above search engines, a student and or researcher can efficiently and effectively research, write and turn in papers that are high quality and good grade worthy.

UniqueWritersBay

UniqueWritersBay is an academic resource that offers a hands-on and interactive experience for learners and researchers. The platform provides research assistance for students and or researchers who are inexperienced in writing academic papers. It guides in finding relevant and correct content for academic papers, formatting, referencing, use of grammar, and any other academic tasks.

Additionally, UniqueWritersBay contains a wide variety of academic papers that fall under:

  1. Research papers
  2. Essays
  3. Movie and book reviews
  4. Dissertations
  5. Thesis and other
  6. Academic-related bibliography

The above list of contents gives the user direction on how various academic publications are written and formatted. Also, they guide on choosing content relevant for topics and subjects.

Moreover, UniqueWritersBay provides a user-friendly experience. It enables users to find relevant content among the vast information available through keywords. 

Also, UniqueWritersBay gives users access to professionals readily available 24/7 to assist with academic research work and other academic tasks.