X, the new Twitter, or how to lose your identity in an update. Elon Musk’s bet is no joke, the Twitter app just disappeared overnight.
You come back from vacation and you find that your favorite social network has undergone a serious facelift? Indeed, Twitter is no more. Welcome to X.com. And the iconic blue bird that has long been the symbol of the microblogging network has also bowed out. It all happened in a flash.
The man behind this unexpected change is none other than Elon Musk, the renowned entrepreneur who already explored the concept of X.com in 1999. This site then became PayPal following a merger.
After a weekend of seeking feedback from his community on Twitter, Elon Musk made the leap to X.com, the transition having taken the form of an impromptu ball. Surprisingly, even the logo was improvised. X.com’s new logo is not the hard work of a design team, but a typeface.
The day after Elon Musk’s announcement, anyone trying to access X.com was automatically redirected to Twitter.com. Shortly after, the Twitter logo was replaced, marking the start of a new era for the app. And that was just the beginning of the transformation.
Twitter disappears from app stores
The new step involves replacing the Twitter app itself. As of Friday, July 28, updates began rolling out to the App Store and Play Store, turning the Twitter app into an X.
For those who are not yet ready to embrace this change, they can opt to block the proposed update. However, this is only a temporary solution… it will be necessary to update the app, for security reasons.
Update July 30, 2023:
Why is X’s name still Twitter on iPhone?
Twitter’s rapid name change to X encountered an unexpected obstacle, specifically on the iOS platform.
While Google on Android makes it easy to update the app name on Google Play to a single letter, Apple’s App Store has rejected the change. According to Apple’s rules, apps must have at least two letters as names. Therefore, on the Apple platform, the name still remains Twitter.
Our HQ in San Francisco tonight pic.twitter.com/VQO2NoX9Tz
— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) July 29, 2023
Meanwhile, X placed a huge, glowing logo on the company’s building in San Francisco, Twitter’s headquarters. But even here there seem to be problems. Apparently there is no building permit for this bright and bold modification. Replacing letters or symbols on buildings or installing a sign requires a permit for safety reasons.