In 2018, a second-year engineering student in Pune Elon Musk’s, Maharashtra, decided to tweet to Elon Musk, about Tesla’s automatic windscreen wipers, and the issue with it during the rain. He got an instant reply from Musk, who wrote, “Fixed in next release”. Fast forward to the year 2022, Pranay Pathole, a software developer for Tata Consultancy Services (TCS), has become a popular name on Twitter with whom, Musk the co-founder and chief of Tesla, SpaceX, Neuralink and The Boring Company, engages and interacts on Twitter.
“A Reddit user had posted a query and I was intrigued. It was related to automatic wipers. I found that very interesting. I thought I could tweet it to Elon. And if he replies, then maybe he could consider that feature for Tesla. And, within a couple of minutes of tweeting, he had responded! I was just blown away by seeing him respond to me,” said Pathole.
The 23-year-old has a massive following on the microblogging platform that includes some of the most influential names from around the world. His pinned tweet about Mars, to which Musk had responded, has received 28K retweets and some 138K likes and counting. His GitHub profile describes him as “Machine learning engineer”, “Nerding out about Space and Rockets on Twitter.”