Why #RIPTwitter Is Trending as Elon Musk's Memes Suggest the End Is Near

Twitter continues to seemingly circle the drain under Elon Musk's stewardship, and with the trending term #RIPTwitter, users are very worried that the site may disappear.

The term began trending after hundreds of Twitter employees reportedly offered Musk their resignations by not signing the ultimatum he gave them. Musk had asked all his remaining employees to join him in making Twitter 2.0, which would have involved long hours, or they could leave with three months of severance pay.

According to internal messages seen by The Verge, hundreds chose to leave, and the scale of resignations suggests that the platform would start breaking soon.

Elon Musk and a Twitter meme shared
Elon Musk shared a meme (inset) of Twitter in a grave as the term "#RIPTwiitter" started trending online. Christian Marquardt/Getty Images

The wave of resignations has led to Musk closing the Twitter offices until Monday, November 21. He informed his staff in an email and asked them to "please continue to comply with company policy by refraining from discussing confidential company information on social media, with the press or elsewhere." Implying that everything should be back to normal after the weekend with his closing line. "We look forward to working with you on Twitter's exciting future," he wrote.

Overnight, social media users have been anticipating the death of Twitter by using the hashtag #RIPTwitter, while the names of rival social media sites, Myspace, Tumblr and Mastodon, were also trending.

Musk himself acknowledged the term by tweeting out memes. "How do you make a small fortune in social media?" he asked, before answering: "Start out with a large one."

He also tweeted out a meme of someone throwing gang signs over a grave, with the Twitter logo posted over the person and the gravestone. The meme seems to be implying that people are still coming to Twitter to discuss the death of Twitter.

Alleviating some people's fears about mass walkouts, Musk did reply to Barstool Sports founder Dave Portnoy's tweet, which said: "What do people mean when they say Twitter is gonna shut down? Doesn't it kinda run itself? I feel like engineers are for changes not to just keep it running? I also don't know anything. Hey @elonmusk wanna do a Twitter space with me? Im confused."

"The best people are staying, so I'm not super worried," Musk told him.

Of course, Musk wasn't the only one sharing memes in reaction to the #RIPTwitter trend. Other people compared it to clips of people jumping off the Titanic, to the end of Hannah Montana and to the closure of the online multiplayer game Club Penguin.

#RIPTwitter wasn't the only term trending as people also used #GoodbyeTwitter and #Twitterdown to anticipate the end of the social media site.

Musk's takeover of Twitter was completed on October 27, 2022, for a reported $44 billion. It came after he'd initially proposed buying the site earlier in the year but tried to pull out of the deal in the following months due to a dispute with the existing Twitter board over the number of fake accounts on the social media site.

Since his takeover was completed, he's introduced a controversial $8 Twitter Blue plan which gives users a verified check mark. This led to a rise in the number of parody accounts. Musk then suspended new sign ups to Twitter Blue, confirming that he was "punting" the relaunch to November 29 to "make sure it is rock solid," he said on Tuesday.