Twitter Is Finally Dead. It’s X All the Way Down | EUROtoday

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Like a venomous puss moth rising from its exhausting cocoon, the social community previously referred to as Twitter has totally metamorphosed into

Various components of Twitter had already embraced the rebranding, and the corporate has been utilizing hyperlinks since early April. But now the area has flipped over fully, marking the tip of a tumultuous transition interval—and erasing the final vestiges of the chook app.

“We are letting you know that we are changing our URL, but your privacy and data protection settings remain the same,” reads a message on the backside of the X login and residential pages.

The switchover has been a very long time coming. X proprietor Elon Musk introduced the shift from Twitter to X final July, a couple of months after he formally acquired the corporate. But the billionaire has for many years harbored a dream of making an “everything app” by that identify, and Twitter is his vessel.

“The Twitter name made sense when it was just 140-character messages going back and forth—like birds tweeting—but now you can post almost anything, including several hours of video,” Musk wrote on the newly redubbed X final summer time. “In the months to come, we will add comprehensive communications and the ability to conduct your entire financial world. The Twitter name does not make sense in that context, so we must bid adieu to the bird.”

Twitter below Musk has certainly added video and voice calls to its roster of options. It has additionally replatformed conspiracy theorists like Alex Jones, fostered a welcoming surroundings for porn spam accounts, made an absolute hash out of verification, launched a monetization system that encourages rampant engagement farming, gutted its belief and security workforce, allowed a surge in hate speech on the platform, designated NPR as “US state-affiliated media,” eliminated information headlines fully after which reintroduced them in a bizarre spot, kneecapped a bunch of enjoyable bots and third-party apps by introducing wildly costly API modifications whereas giving blue-check verification to AI-generated chum, pivoted to video, launched an AI mannequin that can show you how to do crimes, and overseen a decline in utilization of greater than 20 p.c within the US, in response to app analytics agency SensorTower.

The “entire financial world” half stays a piece in progress.

A sentimentalist might bemoan the demise of Twitter, which for all its faults all the time had a capability to please and shock. But do not forget that this transformation was inevitable. Musk first owned in 1999, when he cofounded an internet financial institution by that identify; it could finally merge with a competitor and develop into PayPal. He purchased again from PayPal in 2017, tweeting that it had “great sentimental value.” And he has seen Twitter as a vessel to create X on Earth since earlier than the acquisition was even accomplished, in response to Musk biographer Walter Isaacson.

“In the days leading up to his takeover of Twitter at the end of October 2022, Musk’s moods fluctuated wildly,” Isaacson wrote in Elon Musk. “He said that he would turn it into the combination of financial platform and social network he had envisioned 24 years earlier for, and he added that he planned to rebrand it with that name, which he loved.”

To put a good finer level on it, Musk’s tweet as we speak asserting that “all core systems are now on” featured the emblem of the corporate he based 25 years in the past.

While X might by no means develop into the every thing app of Musk’s desires, it’s undeniably and indelibly a special place than the one he purchased. Which in some methods makes this remaining transition all of the extra palatable. Whatever Elon Musk’s platform has develop into, it’s definitely not Twitter. Call it no matter you need.