Today, Lil Nas X & # 39; Old Town Road & # 39; made Billboard graph history, become the longest number 1 hit since the beginning of the chart in 1958 – beating Mariah Carey, whose collaboration with Boyz II Men, "One Sweet Day", had previously held the record. ("Old Town Road" spent almost four months at number one.)
Twitter also posted a video on his music account, Twitter Music, starring the young rapper and meme impresario, in which he grasps the Jack Dorsey emblem and becomes CEO for the day. His first act? @Jack firing. His second? Require an edit button and then fire a room full of engineers if they didn't start typing fast enough.
The two-minute clip was fun and funny; Frankly speaking, seeing someone asking Twitter for something that users have been demanding for years, and the company that stubbornly refuses to deliver, was of a cathartic nature. I liked it! Until I remembered that Twitter doesn't really listen to its users when it comes to something more serious than an edit button.
The fact that bullying, abusers and other bad actors on the platform seem to flourish without consequences is demoralizing to say the least, and not just because users have been asking for some sort of decisive action for years. (Even if they can't give Lil Nas X edit button what hope do we have for change?)
Longest running # 1 hits in the history of Billboard Hot 100 (weeks):
Old Town Road 17
One Sweet Day 16
I will always love you 14
I will make love to you
Candle in the Wind 1997
We belong Together
I have a feeling
End of the road 13
The boy is mine
– graph data (@chartdata) July 29, 2019
When Lil Nas X sat down with Dorsey, the CEO told him: "You are approaching a super-stressful job." That is true: it is difficult to please everyone. Dorsey is uniquely aware of this, because it must be loud on the other side of the megaphone he has established, fight witnesses for Congress and prominent conservatives who claim censorship and persistent bias. Although of course I am sure that Lil Nas X is ready; he understands the internet better than almost everyone (as it is whole free from his Twitter account, which is brilliant).
At the end of the video, Lil Nas X insisted on paninis for the staff he had just fired. Everyone has a cowboy hat and they have all blasted streamers. It was joyful, a pause from the relentless tragedies that the internet makes easily visible. Yesterday there was a massive shooting a garlic festival in Californiaand another at a party in Brooklyn. Twitter was of course the best place to keep up with the news.