Twitter To Be Renamed X, Gets New Logo
Twitter's Bold Rebranding as X: Elon Musk and New CEO Unveil Ambitious Plans for the Social Media Giant
In a surprising move, Twitter’s owner Elon Musk revealed his plans for a massive rebranding and transformation of the popular social media platform.
In a series of tweets on Sunday, Elon Musk announced that Twitter would shed its iconic bird logo and adopt a new name – X. Alongside the rebranding, the platform is set to venture into the realms of payments, banking, and commerce.
Since its inception in 2006, Twitter has been recognized by its bird logo, symbolizing the chirping of birds, and the company reportedly acquired the stock symbol of a light blue bird for a mere $15 during its early days. However, that familiar logo will now be replaced by a sleek and minimalist design – a white X on a black background.
Late on Sunday night, Linda Yaccarino, Twitter CEO tweeted the company’s new logo and expressed her excitement with the caption “X is here! Let’s do this.”
Elon Musk followed suit by updating his profile picture with the new X logo, which he described as “minimalist art deco.” He also changed his Twitter bio to “X.com,” a URL that now redirects to twitter.com.
Musk had teased the rebranding earlier with a challenge: “If a good enough X logo is posted tonight, we’ll make (it) go live worldwide tomorrow.” The new identity will introduce a change in terminology as well, referring to a post on the platform as “an X.”
The rebranding effort aligns with Musk’s vision for the company. Prior to this announcement, he had already named Twitter’s parent company the X Corporation, emphasizing his aspiration to create an “everything app” called X. Musk has a history with X.com, a company he founded in 1999, which eventually evolved into the payment giant PayPal.
The ambitious new app, powered by AI, aims to revolutionize the social media landscape by incorporating various features like messaging and mobile payments.
Yaccarino, a former advertising sales executive at NBCUniversal, who was brought in by Musk to lead Twitter as the CEO, believes that X will offer unlimited interactivity, centering on audio, video, messaging, and financial services, thus creating a global marketplace for ideas, goods, services, and opportunities.
Since Elon Musk’s acquisition of Twitter for a staggering $44 billion last October, the platform has faced challenges, including a decline in its advertising business due to content moderation issues and management changes. Musk’s response has been to explore the introduction of payment and commerce features on the platform to generate new revenue streams.
While Twitter currently boasts around 200 million daily active users, the platform has been plagued by technical difficulties since Musk took over, and many users and advertisers have voiced concerns over the introduction of fees for previously free services, content moderation changes, and the reemergence of previously banned right-wing accounts.
Elon Musk disclosed that Twitter’s advertising revenue has suffered a drastic decline, dropping by nearly half since his acquisition.
In a bid to maintain its competitive edge, Meta, the parent company of Facebook, recently launched its own text-based platform, Threads, with an estimated user base of 150 million. However, the new platform has seen a decrease in user engagement since its launch, according to data from market analysis firm Sensor Tower.
As Twitter embarks on its transformation journey into X, the tech world eagerly awaits the unfolding of this bold and ambitious endeavor. Will the rebranding and expansion into payments, banking, and commerce propel Twitter into a new era of success, or will it encounter further challenges? Only time will tell as the X era begins.