Twitter Finally Turns to 'X' on Apple's App Store

X, the social media platform formerly known as Twitter, has updated its official app on Apple's App Store to conform with the new branding that was announced last weekend by billionaire owner Elon Musk.

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Instead of "Let's talk" – Twitter's original tagline – "Blaze your glory!" is the curious subtitle on X's iOS App Store listing, which describes the app as "the trusted digital town square for everyone."

The new logo and name are meant to reflect Musk's longstanding intention to transform the social media network into an "everything app" similar to China's WeChat.

The rebranding process that has taken place over the last week has been piecemeal to say the least, with various aspects of the platform's online experience still containing vestigial references to Twitter.

The app icon was replaced earlier last week, but the app's name change is believed to have taken longer than usual because Apple dithered on whether to allow it. App Store policy doesn't permit an app to have a single character title on its App Store listing, as pointed out by Nick Sheriff.

Apparently X received special treatment from Apple, which is more than Musk got when he ordered the Twitter signage to be replaced at the company's headquarters in San Francisco last week. Five letters were taken down from the office's large vertical sign before work was interrupted by police who were concerned about the lack of safety measures to protect pedestrians walking beneath the operation.

A giant pulsing X has since been erected on the roof of the building, and that has also drawn the ire of city officials after neighbors complained it was intrusive.

The X branding has been criticized by some commentators for being uninspired, as well as for the letter's long association with porn websites. The new name for the social media platform also means that Twitter Blue is now called "X Blue," which could be doubly suggestive of lewd content. The subscription service allows users to upload up to three hours of video, up from the previous two-hour limit.

Twitter/X CEO Linda Yaccarino said the platform will be powered by AI and offer users "unlimited interactivity – centered in audio, video, messaging, payments/banking – creating a global marketplace for ideas, goods, services, and opportunities... X will connect us all in ways we're just beginning to imagine."

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Top Rated Comments

zorinlynx Avatar
9 months ago
I never figured we'd ever get to see what happens when you give a total manchild full control of one of the largest social media platforms, yet here we are.

I don't just blame Elon; I also blame the Twitter board for forcing the sale. Elon wanted to back out of the transaction but the board insisted. The blame is shared by both.

Freaking greedy idiots. Twitter had its faults but now it's a total mess. I hope lessons were learned from this. I doubt it.
Score: 81 Votes (Like | Disagree)
Sonic2k Avatar
9 months ago
This will be a great case study for marketing schools.
Score: 63 Votes (Like | Disagree)
TheYayAreaLiving ?️ Avatar
9 months ago
Some people are actually trying to sell their iPhones with Twitter App installed ?

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Score: 57 Votes (Like | Disagree)
Complex757 Avatar
9 months ago
Tweeting became a verb

He doesn't seem to know about brand recognition
Score: 49 Votes (Like | Disagree)
Mr. Dee Avatar
9 months ago
I’ll still call it Twitter. He made a 44 billion dollar mistake and is further destroying it.
Score: 45 Votes (Like | Disagree)
Doomtomb Avatar
9 months ago
Twitter was cute, friendly, trendy

X seems soul-less
Score: 43 Votes (Like | Disagree)

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