How does it feel to be a college student looking into your phone and suddenly Elon Musk sends you a DM?
Jack Sweeney, a student at the University of Central Florida, knows this, according to FOX 35 of Orlando.
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“It was just crazy, the whole thing. I couldn’t believe it,” Sweeney told the station.
But it wasn’t a social call: The Tesla CEO had a bone to pick with Sweeney — and a Twitter bot he created called “Elon Musk’s Jet,” located at @Elonjet.
The bot tracks Musk’s private jet and tweets its location.
Musk contacted Sweeney to ask him to take it down. Even offering him $5,000.
Sweeney said no.
Musk expressed his fear of being followed.
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“I don’t like the idea of being shot by a crackpot,” Musk reportedly said.
Sweeney happens to love airplanes and has used legal websites that track airplane transponders. He combined the information with his own computer and coding skills to create the bot. The account now has over 100,000 followers.
“I would put in so much work and time, and it’s something I love to do and 5K doesn’t seem like a lot for all I get out of it and I love doing it,” Sweeney told FOX 35.
He asked Musk to raise the offer to $50,000. He also asked for an internship.
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Musk reportedly refused and the conversation ended.
Sweeney says he can still track Musk’s plane despite some privacy measures that have been taken.