Tesla founder Elon Musk has changed Twitter significantly ever since he took control of the platform.
Users are curious as to the significance of Elon Musk’s latest change, which involves getting rid of the iconic bird logo, which he revealed in a series of tweets published in July 2023.
Why is Twitter changing its name to X?
A new logo has just been unveiled as part of Musk’s ongoing rebranding of Twitter, which has already seen limits placed on direct messages and a new verification system implemented.
On July 23, 2023, the day that users began to notice the new X logo, he wrote, “And soon we shall bid adieu to the Twitter brand and, gradually, all the birds.”
He continued, “Sorry it took so long, it should have been done a long time ago.”
Currently, Musk has not given a clear explanation for the rebranding, but it is consistent with his other businesses.
From the banking startup he cofounded in 1999, x.com, to the spacecraft engineering firm he launched in 2002, SpaceX, as well as his 2023 AI venture, xAI, Musk has long preferred the “X” branding. The billionaire appears to associate a symbolic meaning with the 24th letter of the alphabet.
Are users now required to pay for Twitter?
In general, Twitter has remained free for users since it was first introduced in March 2006 by its founders Jack Dorsey, Evan Williams, Biz Stone, and Noah Glass.
But after taking over, Musk introduced a premium subscription service that charges customers a monthly fee.
Users can still sign up and post tweets for free, but if they want a blue checkmark, the option to edit tweets, the capacity to write longer tweets or a reduction in the number of advertisements, they must pay $8 per month on the web or $11 per month on the mobile app.
When Twitter Blue was introduced, all previously verified accounts lost their blue checkmarks unless they subscribed. Previously, blue checkmarks on Twitter were free as long as your account complied with the requirements.
Elon Musk purchased Twitter when?
On October 27, 2022, Musk officially took control of Twitter after paying $44 billion for it, $2.5 billion less than the original price due to falling Twitter stock.
The Washington Post reports that the founder of Tesla got right to work and fired Vijaya Gadde, the head of legal policy, trust, and safety, the CFO Ned Segal, and former CEO Parag Agrawal within a week.
Along with doing this, he disbanded the entire Twitter board, making him the “sole director” of the website.
“There has been a lot of speculation about my motivation for purchasing Twitter and my views on advertising. After facing criticism, Musk said in a statement that “most of it has been incorrect.
“I bought Twitter because I believe it is crucial for civilization to have a common digital town square where a variety of viewpoints can be discussed civilly and without using force.
“There is currently a significant risk that social media will fragment into far right- and far left-wing echo chambers that foster even more hatred and split our society,”
He continued by denouncing “traditional media” and asserting that the “relentless pursuit of clicks” was detrimental to users.
“That’s why I purchased Twitter. It wouldn’t have been easy, so I didn’t do it,” he continued.
“I didn’t do it to increase my income. I did it in an effort to support humanity, which I love.”