Elon Musk accidentally tweeted his phone number to his
16.7 million followers.
It looks like the number was for an iPhone, given that
it works with Apple iMessage.
He was apparently trying to send it to John Carmack,
the chief technology officer of Facebook’s Oculus virtual
Looks like Elon Musk is going to have to change his phone number.
The Tesla and SpaceX CEO posted his phone number on Twitter. The
tweet was directed at John Carmack, the chief technology officer
of Oculus, Facebook’s virtual reality subsidiary, but Musk posted
it so that anyone could see it.
The tweet was swiftly deleted, but not before it was noticed by
many of Musk’s 16.7 million Twitter followers.
While Business Insider isn’t going to share the number, it does
indeed appear to be Musk’s personal phone — it registers as
ready for Apple iMessage. A
reporter at CNBC dialed the number, and found that Musk’s
“ringing music” is actually a reference to the classic
PlayStation game “God of War.”
“By the Gods you’ve done it,” the message starts, according to
CNBC. “Somehow you’ve found your way here to me. I offer you my
congratulations and my respect.”
As for why Musk wanted to talk to Carmack — well, that’s anyone’s
Carmack is a video-game industry legend, coming to prominence as
a cofounder of id Software, the company behind game
classics including “Doom” and “Quake.” In 2013, Carmack joined
Oculus and stayed with the company even after Facebook’s
purchased it for $2.3 billion in 2014.
Musk hasn’t shown much public interest in virtual reality,
focusing more on things such as spaceships, cars, and solar
panels. Still, when he was 12, he become something of a video
game entrepreneur, selling a simple game called “Blastar” to a
computer magazine for $500. He
once described it as “a trivial game […] but better than
So maybe Musk wants to hire Carmack away from Facebook. Or,
perhaps, Musk is trying to get back into the video game business.
Or maybe he just wants to play a round of “Quake” for old times
sake. Who knows?