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Tech magnate Michael Dell recently made it clear that Twitter is only meant as an "accelerator" to his vision of an all-encompassing app called X, thus tweeting about its transition from blue to black hue and abandonment of its iconic blue bird logo and name. Change could mean a new logo, domain (x.com), and user experience updates. What Does Elon Musk’s Rebranding of Twitter as X Mean for Social Media? Elon Musk has long envisioned turning Twitter into "X, the everything app." Now it appears he has finally taken steps towards this end goal. Twitter will become much less like its old self after Musk purchased it for $44 billion last year, as evidenced by a rebrand to "X." This transition will occur over several days and begin with a prominently displayed X-shaped logo at the top of Twitter's website and an exterior display at their HQ in San Francisco. Analysts note this move as evidence of how dramatically Twitter has changed under Musk. He has dismantled three-fourths of its staff and relaxed many rules against organized disinformation campaigns on its platform, increasing advertising revenues while charging people $8 a month for premium experiences - many observers argue these policy shifts have caused an explosion of hate speech on Twitter, something Musk denies. The change reflects how the letter X has come to represent all of Musk's other ventures. His rocket company, SpaceX, and domain X.com - which redirects to Twitter - belong to him; in fact he used them both in creating an online banking service, eventually merging it with another one and becoming PayPal. Musk has long held an affinity for the letter X, including using it in both his personal email address and son's name. On Sunday he made reference to this in tweeting that Twitter will feature an X in its new logo; an interim logo would go live later in the day. Twitter stock rose 6.5% after this news and still has negative cash flow. What Does X Mean for Twitter’s Business Model? Elon Musk's plan is to transform Twitter into an "all-purpose app". Last year, he merged it with an existing shell company called X Corp and has discussed creating an all-in-one super-app that could do everything from ordering food delivery or paying for rides. Recently, Twitter announced its worldwide rebrand will take effect and that "we shall gradually let go of the Twitter brand and all its associated birds." He shared an image showing possible new logo containing an X without any birds attached to it. Many are dismayed at Twitter's decision to rebrand, fearing that if successful it will lead to a decrease in users and revenue loss for the company. But it's important to keep in mind that this temporary measure won't alter its significance as an essential social media platform. Others are enthusiastic about Twitter's rebrand, believing it will attract new users and generate additional revenues for the company. Furthermore, many believe the change will help Twitter become more innovative while providing its users with improved services. Twitter is currently working on a project that will enable its users to purchase and sell stocks and cryptocurrency on its platform, making trading financial assets accessible for everyone using Twitter. This initiative marks a big leap forward for this social network giant. Twitter has recently implemented a project that will enable verified users to earn money from their tweets, providing a great incentive for more original content creation on its platform. Uncertainty remains as to what impact Twitter's rebrand will have on their business model; likely layoffs and cost-cutting measures may result, although it's too soon to tell their impact on its business model. What Does X Mean for Twitter’s User Experience? Twitter has officially changed to "X," per the wishes of Elon Musk for creating an "everything app". Their new logo depicts an elegant blue bird. Musk has made several changes since taking control of the company last year, including this rebrand. His goal is to transform social media into an arena for sharing thoughts and building connections among users. To achieve his goal, he has had to scale back the company from thousands of workers and make major policy changes that have caused widespread outrage, including loosening content-moderation policies to allow more hate speech and reinstating previously banned accounts (like Laura Loomer or former President Donald Trump) that had previously been suspended; eliminating ad blockers altogether and promising not to make major decisions without consulting an expert council have also become major points of contention. At the same time, he's also been working to expand the company's user base with features such as being able to upload videos of 140 characters or less. Furthermore, they've experimented with blockchain technology as a means of tracking transactions while making their platform accessible for people living with disabilities. Some employees believe the shift to X has negatively impacted the company culture. Staffers fearing it is taking over by top engineers has expressed anxiety that rebranding may mean personality loss will hurt both users and business alike. Alicia Shevat was among those anxious about Musk's plans for the company. At a meeting with senior engineers, she heard him discuss adding longform video support while offering creators better rates than YouTube for their works - something not within infrastructure engineers' realm of expertise. Shevat of PYMNTS, a frequent user of Twitter, believes the move indicates a shift away from its core audience and finds Twitter's new rules confusing; such as requiring her to use an emoji when responding to press inquiries. What Does X Mean for Twitter’s Future? Elon Musk has made strides toward realizing his dream of turning Twitter into an "all-purpose app", and now its corporate identity has undergone changes as well. On Sunday, Twitter announced its official name had changed from Twitter Inc to X Corp - reflecting Musk's discussions of creating such an all-inclusive superapp since purchasing Twitter last year. What this will mean for the site is unclear; however, PYMNTS notes that "X" refers to an all-inclusive platform, which fits well given that Twitter apps already offer various services ranging from video messaging and online banking to streaming live events. Twitter CEO Linda Yaccarino has suggested the new X app will focus on audio, video messaging, payments/banking as well as "audio, video messaging and payments/banking." That follows comments Musk made on a podcast in 2022 in which he stated his goal to transform Twitter into an app like WeChat, which has seen massive adoption within China's home market. Indeed, one could assume the new X platform will become an expanded version of WeChat as they expand further into real estate and transportation industries. Twitter X will offer users real-time financial data such as stocks and cryptocurrency in real time, potentially helping the company attract advertisers who may have previously shied away due to concerns such as new fees for previously free services and changes to content moderation policies. While many Twitter users have taken to the platform to protest Twitter's rebranding, others see it as the start of a fresh chapter for the company. Furthermore, its recent changes were met with strong resistance by many users, creating further frustration around retention issues for Twitter's audience. Renaming Twitter to "X" is an ambitious step, and its outcome remains unknown. Reviving its reputation after accusations of censorship and bots promoting hateful views could take time; but if X can deliver on its promise to be an all-inclusive platform it could become indispensable part of people's daily lives.