If you’re new to it, Twitter can be a bit of a cesspit.
In fact, all of social media can be a bit of a mega-sewer of hot takes and megaphones for grifters. I know plenty of people who took one look at it and thought: “Nope, this isn’t for me.”
But like anything on the internet, there are plenty of places for people to go where nobody is shouting at each other, which are instead full of wonders and delights you never thought could exist.
(Hint: Do not get involved in Golf GTI Twitter, especially if you have ever looked even briefly at another hot hatch and have an opinion.)
Like all good communities with a genuine love of a thing and a respect for the people who are of the same mind, this community doesn’t care where you’re from, who you are or even what you drive. As long as you have a sense of humour and you’re not going out of your way to be unpleasant, you’re in.
So we thought in this fractious social media environment we’d take you on a whistle stop tour of some of the best and brightest Weird car Twitter accounts. Of course, this isn’t an exhaustive list, so if you know of some more good ones, leave us a comment and we’ll do a follow-up of reader finds.
Now this is a bit of an obvious one, but Doug DeMuro is a Twitter car favourite. An influencer for all the right reasons, Doug loves to talk about anything on four (or occasionally, one imagines, three) wheels.
Doug’s cheery, funny YouTube videos are the stuff of legend, and he’s managed to turn his love of cars into a business called Cars and Bids.
His Twitter feed is a mix of gentle self-promotion, reader finds and cars listed on his auction site.
What’s great about his schtick is that even if a car is terrible he can, and will, find its redeeming features, and isn’t afraid to say what’s what – all the while failing to be smug and irritating. Some weeks a theme develops, like a recent run of Kombi variants.
Fundamentally, Doug knows he’s got one of the best jobs in the world and he makes sure you’re having as much fun as he is.
Matt Farah also knows he has the best job in the world and occasionally is a bit smug about it. What he isn’t short of is an opinion, however, and his entertaining range of podcasts and videos will mostly make you laugh and occasionally enrage you (in a good way).
Matt also offers some hard advice for those caught up in the current misty-eyed nostalgia for cars that probably aren’t as good as they’re cracked up to be (I’d love to talk to him about the breathless nonsense that accompanies the E39 M5) and here he is dumping on the beloved E30 M3 (below).
He’s not here to agree with you and loves to get amongst it with his followers and if you’re not a jerk, you can have a fun chat with him.
Midnight Dorifto was an account I had not come across, but my boss said I had to include it. And he was right to do so. From wry observations about cars they’ve seen while out and about, to some beautifully made videos and lovely writing about anything from a Buick to a Bentley, you’d have to be made of stone not to find something you like in this feed.
And it’s not just stuff that rolled out of the factory weird. Before I saw this account, I had never heard of the Japanese lowrider scene and yet here we are.
So if you like plenty of variety, this one’s for you. And if I may say so, this is a catastrophically unappreciated account.
Jonny Smith is one of my absolute favourites. I used to read his work in CAR Magazine and was thrilled when he popped up on Fifth Gear offering an antidote to Tiff and Jason’s hairy-chested Top Gear hangover – and he isn’t the slightest bit interested in going sideways. He’s an enthusiastic appreciator of cars, a bit like DeMuro without the excessive height.
A car modder himself, Jonny has built an EV Enfield – the Flux Capacitor with 800 horsepower. From that you might imagine he is up for anything and he absolutely is, but his many videos on EV conversions of classics are fantastic.
But just because he likes EVs, it doesn’t make him an Elon Muskovite, because he still loves a bit of ICE action too. On top of all that, The Late Brake Show runs outdoor car events because, you know, the UK is allowed out of the house to look at things.
Jonny also does a podcast with Richard Porter of Sniff Petrol and Top Gear fame called Smith and Sniff.
Some accounts are just gold top to bottom. This account delves the depths to find some truly horrific stuff I’m sure is not just meant to amuse, but to trigger that “well at least they tried” impulse we all have about cars.
Some of them are, obviously, outright dangerous – but some are so bad they’re good, like this Twingo the account retweeted.
This one never fails to get a laugh and it’s often just what I need to lift me from a bad mood.
Who doesn’t love a niche that intersects cars with rock stars? This account scours Twitter for posts about rock stars – let’s face it, most of them are from the 70s and 80s – and pretty much brings you the best and weirdest.
It does exactly what it says on the tin, as well as being unashamedly nostalgic.
If you like British cars, this one is up your Union Jack-adorned alley, so to speak. Every day you will learn more than one new thing you never knew about British cars, and see some stuff you’ve not clapped eyes on for decades.
Despite the name, there are some real gems in this feed and that’s fine by me. I am a vigorous defender of those who love crap cars, because you can’t help what kind of abomination you fall in love with (my guilty pleasures are Alfas and Peugeots).
Anyway, this account has a smattering of crap, but is mostly an homage to the odd, rare and those of receding numbers on British and Irish roads. Alfas, Peugeots, oddball VWs, old British tat or occasionally historic Korean (below).
Lewis is a bit like our own Ben Zachariah, trawling eBay and whatever else for a bargain, and knowing exactly how much he should be paying for whatever it is he’s found – and not a penny more. He’s also fond of nonsense, such as the Bleachers ECV, as well as various modern classics which seem to drift on and off of his driveway over time.
Also a solid chap who’s up for a chat.
Today’s archive oddball: an all-electric resort vehicle, called the Silver Fox, which used Nissan Micra parts and was built by Bleachers ECV (Fox Composites).
Top speed of 60mph and a range of up to 60 miles. The release is dated 6 March 2000. pic.twitter.com/lg9VwmUc1s
— Lewis Kingston (@theseoldcars) August 31, 2021
Not as weird as the title suggest, but another loving, low-drama account for those who “appreciate the weird cars that are under appreciated in everyday life”. It’s a cheery mix of other folks’ feeds and internet finds people like you and me just don’t have time to unearth ourselves.
This is an ordinary bloke who just loves cars. Ian buys all sorts of cars – including a Proton for about $100 – then plays around and has some fun. He’s perhaps most famous here for importing an AU Falcon called Betty he thoroughly abused on a trip around New Zealand. His Twitter feed is just a whole load of fun.
Cars with faces are just the best. Had a little run out in TWC today. Elly is going home with me. Few cars make people smile as much as this pair. pic.twitter.com/asSEqo6g2P
— Ian Seabrook (@HubNutVids) September 3, 2021
Victoria loves her van and is a freelance journalist for a whole load of websites you’ve heard of. She’s getting around in her van and taking some frankly sensational photos – both of cars and what she sees along the way. She unearths some serious gems on her travels, and that alone is worth the price of admission – which given it’s free, that’s pretty good.
Obviously this isn’t an exhaustive list and there’s a lot more out there.
If you’ve got a good one, let us know in the comments.
Elon Musk Says He’ll Pay $11 Billion in Taxes in 2021 But Twitter Wants ‘Proof’
Elon Musk took to Twitter to clarify once and for all that he will be paying a whopping $11 billion as taxes this year.
If the number of times Elon Musk could count when someone has asked him to pay the full taxes, he would be a very rich..wait, never mind. The Tesla boss is rich beyond any private individual has been in history, reports said.
Musk has increasingly been facing criticism from many politicians and many others who insist he has not been paying taxes as compared to the profits his companies have been making. On Sunday, the SpaceX CEO took to Twitter to share that he will be paying a whopping $11 billion as taxes.
For those wondering, I will pay over $11 billion in taxes this year— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) December 20, 2021
But some of the questions did not stop. One person tweeted how they needed to see Musk’s tax returns while yet another asked how much percentage was that of his total income.
A few were, however scathing of the government who thought they will add that amount to their pockets rather than using it for some proper development.
Wow that’s enough to give each person in the world almost $2 million but instead the government will just stick it in their pockets— greg (@greg16676935420) December 20, 2021
Why not $200 billion? Asking for a Senator— litquidity (@litcapital) December 20, 2021
Earlier this week, Democratic US Senator Elizabeth Warren has tweeted to say that Musk should pay taxes and stop “freeloading off everyone else” after Time magazine named him its “person of the year”.
In response, Musk shot four tweets in which he said that the senator reminded him of a friend’s angry mom who yelled at everybody. He tweeted, ““And if you opened your eyes for 2 seconds, you would realize I will pay more taxes than any American in history this year.” “Don’t spend it all at once … oh wait you did already.”
He added further, “You remind me of when I was a kid and my friend’s angry Mom would just randomly yell at everyone for no reason.”
Musk responded by saying that he “will pay more taxes than any American in history this year”. This Twitter exchange left netizens divided as even though many supported Warren and agreed that Musk should pay more taxes, others felt that he was already doing enough.
Musk’s Tesla is worth about $1 trillion. Over the last few weeks, he has sold nearly $14 billion worth of Tesla shares.
The Tesla boss has been pushing for his colonize Mars agenda for years now, and has made it very clear in some occasions that he would rather spend the money on putting humanity on the red planet, than pay his taxes. “My plan,” the SpaceX founder tweeted about his fortune, “is to use the money to get humanity to Mars and preserve the light of consciousness.”
Twitter Admits Policy ‘Errors’ After Far-Right Abuse Its New Rules of Posting Pictures
Twitter’s new picture permission policy was aimed at combating online abuse, but US activists and researchers said Friday that far-right backers have employed it to protect themselves from scrutiny and to harass opponents.
Even the social network admitted the rollout of the rules, which say anyone can ask Twitter to take down images of themselves posted without their consent, was marred by malicious reports and its teams’ own errors.
It was just the kind of trouble anti-racism advocates worried was coming after the policy was announced this week.
“Anyone with a Twitter account should be reporting doxxing posts from the following accounts,” the message said, with a list of dozens of Twitter handles.
Gwen Snyder, an organizer and researcher in Philadelphia, said her account was blocked this week after a report to Twitter about a series of 2019 photos she said showed a local political candidate at a march organized by extreme-right group Proud Boys.
Rather than go through an appeal with Twitter she opted to delete the images and alert others to what was happening.
“Twitter moving to eliminate (my) work from their platform is incredibly dangerous and is going to enable and embolden fascists,” she told AFP.
But the rules don’t apply to “public figures or individuals when media and accompanying Tweets are shared in the public interest or add value to public discourse.”
By Friday, Twitter noted the roll out had been rough: “We became aware of a significant amount of coordinated and malicious reports, and unfortunately, our enforcement teams made several errors.”
“We’ve corrected those errors and are undergoing an internal review to make certain that this policy is used as intended,” the firm added.
Jack Dorsey Post Twitter Is Chasing His Crypto, Fintech Dream
At a packed Miami conference in June, Jack Dorsey, mused in front of thousands of attendees about where his real passion lay: “If I weren’t at Square or Twitter, I’d be working on Bitcoin.”
On Monday, Dorsey made good on one part of that, announcing he would leave Twitter for the second time, handing the CEO position to a 10-year veteran at the firm. The 45-year-old entrepreneur, who is often described as an enigma with varied interests from meditation to yoga to fashion design, plans to pursue his passion which include focusing on running Square and doing more philanthropic work, according to a source familiar with his plan.
Well before the surprise news, Dorsey had laid the groundwork for his next chapter, seeding both companies with cryptocurrency-related projects.
Underlying Dorsey’s broader vision is the principle of “decentralisation,” or the idea that technology and finance should not be concentrated among a handful of gatekeepers, as it is now, but should, instead, be steered by the hands of the many, either people or entities.
The concept has played out at Square, which has built a division devoted to working on projects and awarding grants with the aim of growing Bitcoin’s popularity globally. Bitcoin price in India stood at Rs. 44.52 lakh as of 12:50pm IST on December 1.
Dorsey has been a longtime proponent of Bitcoin, and the appeal is that the cryptocurrency will allow for private and secure transactions with the value of Bitcoin unrelated to any government.
The idea has also underpinned new projects at Twitter, where Dorsey tapped a top lieutenant – and now the company’s new CEO Parag Agrawal – to oversee a team that is attempting to construct a decentralised social media protocol, which will allow different social platforms to connect with one another, similar to the way email providers operate.
The project called Bluesky will aim to allow users control over the types of content they see online, removing the “burden” on companies like Twitter to enforce a global policy to fight abuse or misleading information, Dorsey said in 2019 when he announced Bluesky.
Bitcoin has also figured prominently at both of his companies. Square became one of the first public companies to own Bitcoin assets on its balance sheet, having invested $220 million (roughly Rs. 1,650 crore) in the cryptocurrency.
In August, Square created a new business unit called TBD to focus on Bitcoin. The company is also planning to build a hardware wallet for Bitcoin, a Bitcoin mining system, as well as a decentralised Bitcoin exchange.
Twitter allows users to tip their favourite content creators with Bitcoin and has been testing integrations with non-fungible tokens (NFTs), a type of digital asset that allows people to collect unique digital art.
Analysts see the transition as a positive signal for Square, the fintech platform he co-founded in 2009. Square’s core Cash App, after a bull run in its share in 2020, has experienced slower growth in the most recent quarter. It is also trying to digest the $29 billion (roughly Rs. 2,17,240 crore) acquisition of Buy Now Pay Later provider Afterpay, its largest acquisition ever.
But these ambitions will not pay off until years from now, analysts cautioned.
“The blockchain platform they’re trying to develop is great but also fraught with technical challenges and difficult to scale for consumers. I think he’ll focus more on Square and crypto will be part of that,” said Christopher Brendler, an analyst at DA Davidson.
© Thomson Reuters 2021
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