Since Elon Musk took over Twitter, the company has faced a multitude of problems. In the last year, it has had to pay over $150 million for failing to protect consumer data after a breach affected over 200 million users. And in addition to this, Meta launched an app to directly rival Twitter, called Threads, as more users say they are dissatisfied with Twitter’s updates.
Now, the latest update is a major rebrand, which has been met with mixed reviews, to say the least. So what does the rebrand to “X” mean for users and what other changes are in store?
So far, Elon Musk’s rebrand to X means that anyone typing in “Twitter.com” or X.com will be directed to “X”. The iconic bird logo has also been removed from the app and from Twitter’s headquarters in San Francisco and replaced with the new X logo.
At the moment, there haven’t been any other changes in the way the platform works. Tweets are still called tweets, and most of the settings have remained the same, with the exception of a few changes to the policies, like how many tweets you can send from a free account.
Elon Musk has also changed his handle to “X”, and he posted on the page: “Twitter was acquired by X Corp both to ensure freedom of speech and as an accelerant for X, the everything app.
The Twitter name made sense when it was just 140-character messages going back and forth – like birds tweeting – but now you can post almost anything, including several hours of video.
In the months to come, we will add comprehensive communications and the ability to conduct your entire financial world. The Twitter name does not make sense in that context, so we must bid adieu to the bird.”
It’s not entirely clear how the platform will change in the future, but Elon Musk says he has big changes planned.