So the X period is now underway, with Twitter changing its name to X, and varied Twitter components now slowly switching from the well-known chook icon to the brand new X moniker, which was created by a fan, and which Elon Musk says is an interim branding measure.
The brand new icon is now showing in varied locations within the app. On desktop, for instance, the Twitter chook icon within the prime left is now the brand new X.
The sign-up display screen has now additionally been changed to the X logo, although nonetheless with Twitter colours.
These are set to vary too, with Musk trying to make black to focal scheme, but it surely appears prefer it may take some time for the entire tweet and chook references to be faraway from the app.
Which begs the query: Why rush forward with a half-baked re-brand on a Sunday, when it’s clearly not prepared for a full launch?
Some have famous that that is simply the way in which that Elon Musk works, pushing his groups in the direction of difficult-to-meet targets, so as to make issues occur quicker, even when the top consequence isn’t good. Which might be extra of a priority if you’re coping with rockets and self-driving automobiles, however in Twitter’s case, it’s led to extra half-finished concepts and ideas rolling out, which typically work properly sufficient, generally, however aren’t very polished, or totally practical.
The counter to that may be that earlier Twitter administration performed issues too protected, which noticed updates held again for months, even years, as they examined and thought of every facet. Twitter, or X, is actually now transport issues quicker, but it surely’s really not transport any new concepts, as such, with the entire ideas and updates that Elon has overseen on the app to this point being beforehand experimental Twitter ideas, that Dorsey and Co. had opted to not launch of their present state.
Elon has had no such qualms, and has pushed out a spread of updates, together with creator subscriptions, long-form articles, keyword targeting for ads, and varied different tweaks, all of which had been into consideration earlier than he arrived. A lot of the precise new components, like job listings and video calls, are simply now being launched, so actually, we’re solely simply starting to see the actual X improvements, which may make this a superb time to replace the title.
However once more, just like the re-brand, most of those new components really feel rushed, and possibly that is simply how it’s when working below Elon, and a lot of these slowly evolving updates are what you possibly can count on.
Tesla actually ships numerous software program updates, steadily updating components as they will. Possibly now’s the time to formally cross Twitter over to mark that shift.
One other concept is that it is a transfer to separate earlier Twitter from its new course of, which, in authorized phrases, may have implications for payouts, company filings, and many others. The authorized technicalities are advanced, but it surely could possibly be that by altering Twitter to a brand new entity, Elon and Co. may then have the ability to legally separate the 2 eras of the corporate, which could possibly be useful in some contexts.
Possibly, by turning into X, and making Twitter non-existent, that helps to power a renegotiation of sure contracts, and possibly that could possibly be the precise motivation for the fast re-brand, associated to some pending timeline on a authorized entrance.
We don’t know, in fact. All we all know is that Elon determined over the weekend that the time had come to make his long-held X imaginative and prescient a factor, and it does appear that, steadily, we’re going to see the chook emblem disappear, as the brand new X branding turns into the default in all points.
It’ll take time, however basically, Twitter is not any extra, and shortly, your app icon will develop into an X, you’ll go to X.com to log in (which you are able to do already) and all the pieces will shift into a really Elon-centric period for the app previously often called Twitter.
There’s seemingly no definitive timeline, however count on to see the transformational occurring over the approaching weeks.