Elon Musk, the founder of Tesla and SpaceX has tried – unsuccessfully – in recent days to buy the Twitter account of a 19-year-old. It is about Jack Sweeney, the teenager who tracks the billionaire’s jet and who intends to receive USD 50,000 in exchange for his account and his knowledge.
Sweeney runs a Twitter account that tracks and publishes the movements of Elon Musk’s private jet, from bots, since June 2020. However, he recently jumped into the media after news that Musk had made him an offer.
“How about $5,000 for this account and for you to generally help me make it harder for crazy people to track me down?Musk asked, after Sweeney shared how his bots are able to track the jet and gave him technical tips to make it less trackable.
“It sounds feasible, both about the account and my help. Is there any chance of raising it to $50,000?”, Sweeney replied, as seen in the private messages, to which the portal had access Business Insider.
The founder of Tesla and SpaceX, who had previously lamented in public that these types of cases were becoming “a security problem”, ended by saying that he did not think it was right to have to pay for something like this.
According to BIThe story, however, seems to continue. Now, this college teen with a related part-time job — at UberJets, where he’s building a platform to help track chartered flights so he can find cheaper seats for customers — is still taking steps..
“As reported Bloomberg, is still hopeful that Musk will return to the negotiating table, but while he is not standing still: he plans to make money tracking down other prominent billionaires like Bill Gates and Jeff Bezos, and is launching a business. .
He added: “Called Ground Control, this monitors the flight activity of other high-interest aircraft used by Musk or by employees of SpaceX and Tesla.”
“The bot takes measurements when landing and taking off and indicates the location, state, country and city. It also creates an image of a map of that location and attaches it to the tweet. It also calculates the estimated flight time from takeoff to landing and includes it in the landing tweet”, he explains (with misspellings) on the platform, where he announces that he is looking for developers.
The companies that are dedicated to the monitoring of flights have millionaire income per year. Just a small part of what they earn would be a good income for me
Thus, what began as a hobby had the potential to become a lucrative business, as companies such as Nasdaq Data Link began to offer clients information on private and corporate aviation as an advantage: unusual corporate travel can provide clues about a company’s business, mergers and acquisitions and much morereported Bloomberg.
“Companies dedicated to tracking flights have millionaire revenues a year. Just a small part of what they earn would be a good income for me,” Sweeney told the outlet.
According to Business Insider, however, remember that a project of this type (a company that provides real-time location of private planes) can collide with legal and privacy problems. And he said that maybe that’s why Jack Sweeney included in Ground Control another way of obtaining income; through donations.
“Please consider donating. I spend a fair amount of time running, maintaining, and developing new features for these Twitter accounts.”
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Why Elon Musk offered $5,000 to buy a 19-year-old’s Twitter account