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[–] [email protected] 349 points 11 months ago (7 children)

According to Hwang, the company now formerly known as Twitter did offer "an alternative handle with the history of the @x account" so that his original account, complete with its posts and followers, could live on and continue to be used.

What short, catchy username did Musk's company change Hwang's handle to? @x12345678998765.

You can't make this shit up. God damn!

[–] [email protected] 115 points 11 months ago (3 children)

that sounds like what an idiot would have for a password.

[–] [email protected] 32 points 11 months ago

So you are saying one could log into @x with that...

[–] JJROKCZ 25 points 11 months ago (1 children)

Quick someone check if it’s Elons password!

[–] [email protected] 33 points 11 months ago (1 children)

Nah his password would definitely include an "42069" in it.

[–] [email protected] 19 points 11 months ago

Did you try xXx42069NoScopexXx?

[–] FlyingSquid 6 points 11 months ago (1 children)

It's the same password I have on my luggage!

[–] [email protected] 5 points 11 months ago (1 children)

Who the hell downvoted an Airplane! quote?

[–] xaxl 37 points 11 months ago (3 children)

However, Hwang tells me, he was also offered a new handle of his choice – as long as it's available. He just hasn't picked one yet.

[–] [email protected] 118 points 11 months ago (1 children)
[–] [email protected] 54 points 11 months ago (1 children)

"as long as it's available" is as good as nothing imho.

[–] [email protected] 2 points 11 months ago

We'll a lot of people have left

[–] like47ninjas 10 points 11 months ago

That is absolutely hilarious. They should've offered him @twitter in exchange, it would only be fair...

[–] DigDoug 8 points 11 months ago

Musk probably wanted to make it @x42069.

[–] [email protected] 4 points 11 months ago

All for the buzz I imagine.

Or for some hyper inflated fragile ego I guess.

Well that's my guess.

[–] [email protected] 1 points 11 months ago (1 children)

Let's be real now. That name is temporary until he chooses his new one. Read the whole article. It's rediculous enough without making things seem even worse.

[–] [email protected] 27 points 11 months ago (2 children)

But look at that username. It definitely not randomly generated. Someone at Twitter pick that new name. They just give someone with the shortest username possible (1 character) the longest possible username (15 characters), and they do so by pressing the number row back and forth until they hit the username characters size limit. If it's not a mockery then I don't know what is.

[–] [email protected] 1 points 11 months ago* (last edited 11 months ago) (1 children)

It's not mockery, it is the logical thing to do. They don't want to allocate a username a person would actually want, so naturally they pick the longest possible username, with arbitrary and meaningless contents. Would you have been happier if it was @xloremipsumdolo? @xtemporaryusern? Like what was the right thing for the technician who had to pick the name to do, in your mind?

[–] [email protected] 1 points 11 months ago* (last edited 11 months ago)

I thought long and hard about this, and you're right. If it were me, no matter what the new username is, I'm still going to be mad. But I feel like I'll be less mad (just a little bit less) if they select a completely random username (with sensible length, like 8 characters or less), indicating it's chosen by an impartial random number generator instead of chosen by someone who in my mind is messing with me (image of Elon Musk laughing at me coming in my mind).

[–] inki 1 points 11 months ago