Alphonzo Terrell, who managed Twitter’s social media accounts before Musk sacked half the staff, is ready to “spill the tea” with a new company.
Since Elon Musk took ownership of Twitter, dismissed thousands of employees, and changed practically every other rule at the firm as well as the platform, users have been looking for other replacement sites.
During an interview with TechCruch, the founders of Spill said that they bonded over being Black employees while working at Twitter in the past years. The founders said that they wanted to create a space to highlight the cultural contributions and influential content creation Black users and that’s how Spill came into the existence. “Even before I left Twitter, over the last several months, I was just talking to Black female creators, talking to Black queer creators and I’m like, ‘How do you make your money? Is any platform supporting you? Does the idea of Spill interest you?'” Terrell told the publication.
Terrell served as Twitter’s global head of social and editorial for three years prior to last month, when Elon Musk’s takeover resulted in the firing of thousands of employees. Prior to joining the Series A firm Meroxa in 2020, a real-time data provider, Brown spent more than a year working on machine learning as a product manager lead at Twitter.
How does Spill Works?
Like Twitter, Spill will have a live news feed where users can post “spills” (a step up from Mastodon‘s “toots“). They’re called “spill” after the phrase “spill the tea,” and Terrell said that they’re leaning into the teacup motif. Even their website sports a Kermit sipping tea meme (which, by the way, was popularized on Black Twitter). Spill is also building a feature called “tea parties,” where users can host both online and IRL events, then get in-app bonuses to apply to things like boosting their posts. Users can still buy boosted posts, but Terrell says that, “if you’ve been creating and crushing it on Spill, we’re going to give you these things.”
When will Spill be Launched ?
Within 12 hours of the app’s launch, Terrell tweeted that Spill had 20,000 username reservations.
The App could be available as early as next month.