Elon Musk Pushes Forward with Twitter Payments Vision (What this could mean for Shiba Inu Crypto)

UPDATE 4/5/2023

From my favorit crypto newsletter

In case you missed it, Twitter has a new look… the logo and loading button have been changed to the Doge symbol. 
Yup, Elon hit us with the one thing that catches eyes and cuts through hearts: the puppy eyes. And it worked…
Everyone was talking about the new logo, and DOGE pumped 30% within a few hours. As of now, it’s still up 25% since the logo change.
Source: CoinMarketCapCoinMarketCapOpens in a new tab.
But here’s the kicker: no one knows why Elon did it…
It could be a big partnership. It could be a delayed April Fools Joke since the 4 people left on the tech team are probably backed up. Or it could just be Elon meme-ing us…
Elon Musk@elonmuskAs promised Apr 3, 2023  729K Likes   55.2K Retweets   24.6K Replies
We all know Elon loves his Doge[coin] and has hinted at using it as a payment method on Twitter before. So he’s either got a big announcement coming soon, or he’s just pumping his bags, again. Who the hell knows anymore…

Here is my feeling and I may be completely wrong. I think in general many wealthy people start feeling guilty about their wealth, so they start supporting special interest programs that ultimately make those down on their luck more dependent on the goverment. The “Obama Phone” is a great example.

Must is much smarter, and much deeper thinker than the “Silver Spoon Wealthy” trust fund baby crowd, many who have never worked a day in their life. I believe Musk knows many that were trying to better themselves and their families jumped into crypto coins like Shiba Inu and Dodge Coins.

They bought these meme coins because they were cute and all they had to do was push a button on their Robin Hood app. They got caught up in the hype, and bought more and more never considering these coins are nothing but pictures of dogs with no real USE CASE.

Elon in my oinion may feel guilty for contributing to the hype or he may want to help those that at least are trying to better themselves in the Crypto market.
He recently started accepting Shiba and other crypto to accept payment for Twitter Ads.

Elon Musk’s Twitter adds Shiba Inu for 360 million people – Will SHIB price react?

The speculation is when Elon sets up his Paypal type platform that he is working on it may only accept Shiba Inu. Time will tell. I bought a ton of Shiba Inu at the bottom, after the hype, with my “Lose it All”
money just in case he does make a major move with Shiba and the new payment system.

ORIGINAL Article from
Financial Times

Company has started applying for US state licences in bid for fresh revenues beyond advertising

Twitter has begun applying for regulatory licences across the US and designing the software required to introduce payments across the social media platform, as Elon Musk searches for new revenues to turn round the business.

Esther Crawford, a fast-rising lieutenant to Musk inside Twitter, has started to map out the architecture needed to facilitate payments on the platform with a small team, said two people familiar with the company’s plans.

The nascent moves to allow payments through the site are a critical part of Musk’s plan to open up fresh revenue streams. Twitter’s $5 billion-a-year advertising business has cratered since he bought the platform for $44 billion in October, with marketers citing concerns over its management and content moderation.

Musk has said he wants Twitter to offer fintech services such as peer-to-peer transactions, savings accounts and debit cards, as part of a master plan to launch an “everything app” that incorporates messaging, payments and commerce.

In 1999, Musk co-founded X.com, one of the first online banks, which later became part of payments giant PayPal.

Crawford’s team is forging ahead, including devising a vault for storing and protecting the user data that would be collected by the system, said two people with knowledge of the team’s efforts.

Twitter is also pushing forward with the regulatory checks needed before launching a payment service. In November, Twitter registered with the US Treasury as a payments processor, according to a regulatory filing. It had now also begun to apply for some of the state licences it would need in order to launch, these people said.

The remainder would be filed shortly, in the hope that US licensing was completed within a year, one of the sources said. Then the company would seek to expand to gaining regulatory approvals internationally, they added. While Twitter had set up a subsidiary, Twitter Payments LLC, in August last year before Musk took over the company, Musk recently appointed Crawford, Twitter’s director of product management, as the chief executive of Twitter Payments.

But delivering on Musk’s vision will require taking on new technological challenges, significant compliance burdens and winning consumer trust. It is also likely to be costly: late last year, Musk approached Twitter’s equity investors in an attempt to raise more capital, indicating that some of the money would be used to fund a “hiring spree” of programmers to build a “super app” that could process payments, said one investor who received the offer.

Prior to Musk’s takeover, Twitter had been exploring some payments features around tipping creators and ecommerce. Musk’s vision goes far beyond that, including exploring more ways for users to reward creators directly, for users to buy items directly through the platform and for users to pay one another, according to three people familiar with the plans.

Musk has said he wants the system to be fiat, first and foremost, but built so that crypto functionality could potentially be added at a later point, two people said.

In an early pitch deck to investors in the acquisition deal in May, seen by the Financial Times, Musk said he aimed for Twitter to bring in about $1.3 billion in payments revenues by 2028. The pitch deck was first reported by the New York Times. Data from payments markets data group FXC Intelligence show hundreds of thousands of Twitter users share links to third-party payments options either in their tweets or on their account.

“Twitter is already a platform on which payments happen, so it’s kind of a no brainer,” said Lucy Ingham, head of content at FXC Intelligence. Other payment experts have questioned whether Twitter can achieve a competitive scale, particularly in the US where there is stiff competition in the space from groups such as Venmo, Cash App and Zelle.

Twitter will also face high levels of regulatory scrutiny. The move into payments comes after Musk has culled more than half of the platform’s employees, which has raised fears that its compliance staffing is insufficient.

Businesses involved in money transfers, currency exchange or cashing cheques are required to alert unusual activity to authorities. As part of monitoring for fraud and suspicious transactions, user accounts have to be directly linked to a user’s identity, according to Lisa Ellis, payments expert and senior equity analyst at research company MoffettNathanson. That is why many credit card companies are compelled to send us text messages when we are traveling on vacation becasue transactions are happening outside our normal geographical ares. Annoying I know.

Such regulations mean “many [tech companies] experiment and then give up”, she said. “They find it to be a burden to ultimately bear the long-term investment and risk — where you can get fined if there’s an issue and you have to have a whole compliance infrastructure that has to be constantly licensed.” Just another example of the government doing everything they can to make it harder and harder to do business in the United States.

Shiba Inu Governance Token Rallies Nearly 12% Amid Bitcoin, Ethereum, Dogecoin Weakness

From Smart Money Trading

March 07, 2023

Bone ShibaSwap (BONE), the governance token of the Shibaswap ecosystem spiked nearly 12% on Tuesday night to emerge as the top 24-hour cryptocurrency gainer beating the likes of Bitcoin (CRYPTO: BTC), Ethereum (CRYPTO: ETH), and bellwether meme coin Dogecoin (CRYPTO: DOGE). 

What Happened: Shiba Inu (SHIB), Doge Killer (LEASH), and BONE are all tokens associated with the SHIB ecosystem. 

BONE’s recent ascent has been buoyed by the announcement of the beta launch of the long-awaited Layer 2 blockchain solution dubbed Shibarium by the project. 

The beta will be launching this week, according to the official Twitter handle associated with SHIB.

Attention #SHIBARMY

We’re thrilled to announce that #SHIBARIUM Public Beta will be launching THIS WEEK!

Make sure you’re following our official socials over the next few days as we reveal all the details on how to access the beta website. Hail Shib! #ShibariumBeta

Price Action: BONE was up 11.4% at $1.72 at the time of writing, as per CoinMarketCap data.

Elon Musk pushes forward with Twitter payments vision (What this could mean for Shiba Inu Crypto)