Twitter set to change website to X.com, iconic bird replaced by ‘X’, Owner Elon Musk announces
24 July, 2023 | Anupam Shrivastava
Since its acquisition in October 2022 for $44 billion, Elon Musk has made path altering changes to Twitter as he aims to establish X.com platform to merge Twitter into it.
The owner of Twitter, Elon Musk announced a big change in the microblogging platform on Sunday as the bird logo is set to be replaced by a ‘X’. “X.com now points to https://twitter.com/. Interim X logo goes live later today,” Elon Musk wrote on the platform on Sunday.
Twitter has replaced its recognisable bird logo with the letter “X” as its new official mark marking the latest major shift since Elon Musk’s takeover of the social media platform. This comes as an update after the announcement by the CEO on Monday to change the logo.
It’s probable that the social network won’t stop updating the logo, according to a report from US-based internet portal TechCrunch. Musk claimed that eventually the company would “bid adieu to the Twitter brand and, gradually, all the birds.”
Elon Musk has for the longest time had a fascination with the letter ‘X’ as he continues to make significant changes to the platform. In the past, the 52-year-old founder of Tesla has referred to his acquisition of Twitter last year as “an accelerant to creating X,” a reference to the firm he created in 1999 called X.com.
Musk already disclosed his intention to alter Twitter’s logo. He stated in a tweet that an “X” is probably going to take the place of the little blue birdie. “And soon we shall bid adieu to the Twitter brand and, gradually, all the birds,” Musk added in his tweet. “If a good enough X logo is posted tonight, we’ll make go live worldwide tomorrow,” he said in another tweet.
An Interesting History of X.com
As per the reports, On April 5th, the Amended Disclosure statement indicated that Twitter, Inc. underwent a merger with X Corp. and subsequently ceased to exist. It seems that due to X Corp. having locations in both Nevada and San Francisco, California, it is regarded as a citizen in both states. X Holdings Corp. is the parent company.
The acquisition of the X.com website took place on April 2nd, 1993, from GoDaddy.com. Presently, the website does not host an active site. However, domain information indicates that updates were implemented in 2022 and as recently as the week of April 12, 2023.
Additionally, for a brief period in April, Musk replaced the Twitter bird logo with the “doge” meme associated with the Dogecoin cryptocurrency. In October 2022, Musk posted a tweet stating that purchasing Twitter would expedite the development of X, the all-encompassing app.
The ‘doge’ meme, which is a component of the Dogecoin blockchain and cryptocurrency logo and was made as a joke in 2013, was spotted by Twitter users on the web version of the social media site.
It is important to note that the Shiba Inu doge image is well-known as the logo of the Dogecoin blockchain and cryptocurrency, which was developed in 2013 as a joke to parody other cryptocurrencies like Bitcoin, according to Variety.
Twitter underwent hard changes since Elon Musk took over
After buying Twitter for USD 44 billion in late October, Musk substantially reduced employees and oversaw divisive policy changes that resulted in frequent service interruptions and damaged Musk’s reputation. Tech analysts have observed this.
Additionally, he has frequently expressed concern that Twitter would have to declare bankruptcy. He revealed this month that the platform still has a negative cash flow as a result of a 50% decline in advertising revenue and significant debt loads, according to CNN Business.
In October 2022, Musk posted a tweet stating that purchasing Twitter would expedite the development of X, the all-encompassing app.
Following months of negotiations, Musk finally completed the acquisition of Twitter on October 27th, 2022, for a substantial $44 billion. His aim with this purchase is to establish the X.com platform to merge Twitter into it.