Twitter planned to close offices on Friday, but Musk invites engineers in

The Twitter logo will be installed on the exterior of Twitter’s headquarters in San Francisco, California on October 26, 2022.

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After Twitter told employees it would be closing its offices by Monday, new owner and CEO Elon Musk has called technical staff to its San Francisco headquarters, according to internal CNBC emails.

Late Thursday, Twitter sent out a company-wide email stating that offices would be closed Friday through Monday and badge access would be suspended during this temporary closure.

Then, in two widely circulated emails sent out at the start of business on Friday, Musk asked “anyone who actually writes software” to report back to Twitter headquarters by Friday afternoon. First, however, he asked them to send him a high-level report on the best code they’ve been working on in the past six months.

After the initial call for engineers to come to the office, he also sent a follow-up encouraging people to fly to San Francisco to pitch in person. He said in one of his emails that he would be working late at the company headquarters on Friday and Saturday mornings.

Musk said the purpose of sharing all of this code and meeting with him at the office is to conduct “short, technical interviews” that would help him “better understand the Twitter tech stack.”

Musk said those eligible to work remotely could request to speak to him via video. But he also said quixically, “Only those who can’t come to Twitter headquarters or have a family emergency are excused.”

The mixed return-to-office news comes after a wave of Twitter workers resigned on Thursday.

Their new “Chief Twit,” as Musk humorously calls himself, had given them an ultimatum the day before that they had to commit to his vision for Twitter 2.0 and agree to work “long hours at high intensity.”

Three employees who resigned Thursday told CNBC they still had access to some internal systems at Twitter as of Friday morning.

It was believed that so many people had been fired or fired from Twitter’s HR and IT teams that it could be a long time before the company figured out whose access to email, Slack and other systems should be shut down.

These individuals asked not to be named for fear of professional repercussions.

Here are the emails Elon Musk sent to employees at Twitter early Friday (transcribed by CNBC) in the first few hours of the San Francisco business day:

By: Elon Musk

Two: team

Theme All Software Engineers

Date: Nov. 18th, 2022 [time stamp removed]

If you actually write software, please contact us today at 2 p.m. on the 10th floor.

Before doing so, please email me a bullet point summary of what your code commits have achieved over the past 6 months, along with up to 10 screenshots of the most noticeable lines of code.

Many Thanks,

Elon

By: Elon Musk

Two: team

Theme All Software Engineers

Date: Nov. 18th, 2022 [time stamp removed]

If you are working remotely, please email the request below anyway and I will try to video speak to you. Only those who cannot physically get to Twitter HQ or have a family emergency are excused.

These will be short, technical interviews that allow me to better understand Twitter’s tech stack.

Many Thanks,

Elon

By: Elon Musk

Second: Team at Twitter

Theme All Software Engineers

Date: Nov. 18th, 2022 [time stamp removed]

If possible, I would appreciate it if you could fly to SF to attend in person. I’ll be at Twitter HQ by midnight and back in the morning.

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