Elon Musk tweeted his cell number to 16.7M followers

If Elon Musk gives you his personal cell phone number and says, “Hey, give me a call,” the chances are pretty good that he has something important to say to you.

But when he accidentally gives his number out to more than 16 million people, well, so much for Musk keeping his message discreet.

That’s what happened when Musk sent a message to John Carmack, chief technology officer of Oculus, the Facebook-owned company that makes virtual reality headsets and other VR equipment. Musk is known for being a little cheeky at times on Twitter, but it looks like he still needs to remember how to send a message to just one person and not everyone else in his Twitter network.

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Instead of sending a message directly to Carmack, Musk tweeted it out to all of his 16.7 million followers. Now, for you and me, that might not have been such a big deal; people mention other people in tweets all the time. But this is Elon Musk we’re talking about. And his message immediately raised speculation about just why he was giving Carmack his personal cell phone number.

That’s right. Musk tweeted out his own cell number, along with the message, “Do you have a sec to talk? My cell is…” Musk then added his number, and the tweet got out long enough for at least a few of his Twitter followers to call it before Musk deleted the tweet.

Musk’s message got many thinking that he might want to lure Carmack away from Oculus and over to Tesla. After all, Tesla makes some of the most high-tech cars on the road today. Adding VR technology to its options isn’t too much of a stretch.

Tesla didn’t immediately return a request for comment about why Musk was reaching out to Carmack.

Those who did get Musk’s number in time and called it didn’t get Musk on the line. Instead, what they got was an example of Musk’s sense of humor.

The message is a recording of a section of audio from the video game “God of War” made by the game’s creator, David Jaffe. The audio is part of a secret recording that can be found by calling a phone number that shows up in the game.

Oh, and that message, in case you want to hear what Musk had on his cell phone, can be heard by dialing 1-800-613-8840. You can also listen to it by visiting this link on YouTube. When you hear it, take pride in knowing that, as the message says, “By the Gods, you’ve done it! Somehow you’ve found your way here to me. I offer you my congratulations and my respect.”

Respect from Elon Musk, even if it’s in the voice of a video game character, has to count for something, right?

Photo: Tesla CEO Elon Musk speaks at a conference at the Paris Pantheon Sorbonne University as part of the United Nations Climate Change Conference on Dec. 2, 2015. On Tuesday, Musk accidentally tweeted out his personal cell phone number in a message meant for Oculus Chief Technology Officer John Carmack. (Francois Mori/AP)


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