The Death of Twitter and the Rise of X as a New Social Media Platform

The death of twitter and the rise of X


Author: Abas Obot

X Replaces Twitter as the New Social Media Platform

“Nothing lasts forever.” This phrase has come to stay in the case of Twitter which does not exist any longer following the replacement of the platform by X, a single-lettered title introduced by its owner, Elon Musk.

Earlier this year, Musk announced his plan to convert Twitter to everything app and manage his companies under X-Corp brand. For the public, this didn’t sound feasible in the foreseeable future but for Musk, it was beyond a mere travesty. Now, the Tesla CEO has officially changed Twitter to a new brand, X, a controversial name that had raised public debate.

Musk’s complex decisions on Twitter began with his taking over the company after he was forced to buy it at a whooping sum of $44 billion, a price estimated to be twice the actual net worth of the company. His Twitter takeover has been one of the most popular complex business decisions in recent times.

What was Twitter Before Its Demise and X Takeover?

For well over a decade, Twitter has reigned as one of the most popular microblogging and social platforms, serving as a hub for real-time news updates, engaging conversations, and viral trends.

Twitter was born in 2006 at the peak of the social media age, two years after Facebook. Besides the time of its birth, the platform had unique features and offered a user experience that no other social media had ever provided.

With its character limit and fast-paced nature, Twitter connected millions of users in succinct and timely exchanges. It became the go-to platform for political discussions, interactive brand campaigns, and the voice of the people.

Twitter had also succeeded in promoting successful social ideologies and political movements which had led to reforms in different countries. For instance, without Twitter, the Nigerian 2020 EndSARS movement might not have been a success.

The Fall of Twitter

The weakness of Twitter began from its polarizing viewpoint as it was accused of being controlled by the American democrats and their left-wing ideologies. This accusation became heightened during the Covid-19 period where the company suppressed the freedom of the press and hindered the truth about the pandemic as revealed by The Twitter Files.

Several other discoveries were made which altered public trust on what was once one of the most lovely social media platforms. This and other factors drove Twitter into massive debt and financial struggle that led to its sale and its unfortunate ending; its "death and final funeral".

The Rise of X as a Social Media

The rise of X to replace Twitter

X is a rebranded Twitter that comes with huge plans to revolutionize the way we connect and engage online through social media.

Combining the best elements of Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram, X is expected to offer an immersive experience that promotes longer-form discussions, multimedia sharing, and enhanced privacy settings.

How did "X" Become a Name that Replaces the Popular Twitter?

Elon Musk’s acquisition of Twitter did not come only with the overcharged cost but with a heavier blow of personality attacks through media blackmail and political tussles. Amidst this business struggle, Musk initiated several changes which include introduction of Twitter verified blue batch subscription, parody account, and more. He also employed a female CEO, Linda Yaccarino, to oversee the newly acquired company.

In one of the hardest moves, the new Twitter team, under Musk and the new CEO, decided to finally change the name of the platform to X which is now what the company will be called and known.

The replacement of Twitter by X took place officially on Monday, July 24, 2023, when Elon Musk introduced the new logo after talking about the name for months.

Although social platforms come and go, only a few have generated as much buzz and controversy as the recent emergence of X. The ground-breaking features, the innovative approach, and the future promises of X have captivated users globally, but it has also led to a wave of mourning among Twitter enthusiasts.

What Makes X Better than Former Twitter?

While it's important to acknowledge the love and nostalgia associated with Twitter, several factors have precipitated the shift to X. Let's explore these additional features in detail:

1. Enhanced Multimedia Capabilities:
One of the prominent features that set X apart from Twitter is its emphasis on multimedia content. Where Twitter primarily relied on text-based engagement, X offers a more interactive multimedia experience.

The ability to share and view high-resolution images, videos, and even live streams has enticed users who crave a more visual and dynamic platform.

2. Expanded Character Limit:
Twitter's 280-character limit has long been a love-hate relationship for its users. While it forced concise and witty content, it also constrained meaningful discussions. X recognizes this limitation and promises to respond by providing an expanded character limit, allowing users to express themselves more freely. This change has been widely welcomed, leading many Twitter enthusiasts to accept X as their fates.

3. Algorithmic Feed and Personalization:
Another crucial aspect that has prompted users to feel consoled by X is its algorithmic feed and enhanced personalization. Twitter's chronological timeline often resulted in users missing important updates, pushed down by a constant stream of tweets. X's algorithmic feed will ensure users see relevant content from people they follow, thus curating a more focused and tailored experience.

4. Stricter Privacy Settings:
X has addressed this concern by offering stricter privacy settings, empowering users to have more control over who sees their content. This increased focus on privacy has garnered significant support, contributing to the transition from Twitter to X.

5. X is a Super App:
We have already stated that X is intended to become everything app according to Musk and the management of the company.

The platform will receive payments and handle several business transactions. The increase in text characters means that one can now publish longer articles and use X as a blogging site.

6. Creators Money Making Haven:
The Twitter verification batch had already offered verified users several advantages which include newsletter subscription for their followers. This will enable creators to generate more income for themselves.

Musk had also introduced a new scheme that pay X creators certain percentages of the total money made from ads on the platform. Some creators recently received as much as thousands of dollars.

No other platform had ever done such. These make X a go-to social platform for creators and more creators are expected to join the existing one. There is no doubt that engagement on the platform had increased despite speculations of people leaving it since Musk took over as its new owner.

Impact of the Name Change on the Twitter (X) Community

The transition from one social platform to another inevitably creates ripples within the online community. With X gaining popularity, the Twitter community still struggle with a sense of loss.

The platform that once provided a space for witty exchanges, viral trends, and breaking news, is vanishing. The end of Twitter has sparked ironic mourning and complaints among dedicated users while others still hope for a better approach over the new replacement.

What is the future of X (Formerly known as Twitter)?

While the shift from Twitter to X has left a void in the hearts of Twitter enthusiasts, it is important to recognize the ever-evolving nature of social media.

The emergence of X reflects the online community's desire for change and fresh perspectives. Social networks will continue to evolve, and it is crucial to embrace these changes, adapting to new platforms, and explore their exciting possibilities.

It makes sense to embrace the shifting landscape of social media platforms. Yes, Twitter has undoubtedly left an indelible mark on the online experience, but the rise of X signifies the demand for innovation and a new wave of possibilities that might be better than Twitter.

Critics have called changes of Twitter to X a bad decision but Musk is one of the most successful businessmen in the world having retained the title of the world's richest man for years. This makes the future of X hopeful and bright.

X will become one of the best social media and app platforms the internet have ever seen in recent times. Of course, Musk would want to prove his critics wrong and do anything possible to elevate it. His Tesla business is booming, which means funding would not be an issue for the implementation of improvement on X. He would only need to acquire more of active team to make live changes for X to pass the test of time.

As we bid farewell to Twitter, let's honor the memories shared, embrace the new opportunities offered by X, and welcome the next chapter in social media history.

Would There be Another Twitter?

The best replacement for Twitter would always be Twitter, or maybe nothing, but X. Several social media had come and gone but none has been able to carry the aura and the tempo that users experience on Twitter.

Twitter logo

Mark Zuckerberg, the CEO of Meta and associated social media platforms like Facebook and Instagram, recently tried to create a Twitter alternative known as Threads. What happened was that the platform, despite having a large number of signups, had also seen users leaving it within a short period.

Threads had also failed to attract user engagement and the fire that Twitter had on inception. This makes X the only option for the title, "Twitter alternative".

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