Twitter’s Shocking Makeover: From Birdie to “X” — Taking a Cue from Chinese Sensation WeChat!

Wilson Chua
4 min readJul 25


In a surprising twist, Twitter has decided to ditch its iconic bird logo and rebrand itself as the enigmatic “X”! And guess what? It seems like this idea isn’t as random as it sounds. They’ve taken a page right out of the playbook of the Chinese sensation WeChat, and it’s raising eyebrows all over!

WeChat, hailed for its innovation, packs a powerful punch with messaging, social networking, and e-commerce all rolled into one irresistible app. Twitter’s hoping to follow the same path to social media supremacy.

But hold on! This “X” thing didn’t come out of thin air! Brace yourselves for the real story — way back in 1999, the visionary Elon Musk himself founded a groundbreaking venture called “” Fast forward to today, and it turns out the “X” brand was Musk’s wild dream to revolutionize the entire financial industry!

Walter Isaacson, the daring biographer, spills the tea in his upcoming book, “Elon Musk: Tesla, SpaceX, and the Quest for a Fantastic Future.” He takes us deep into Musk’s obsession with “,” a masterplan to provide users with banking, digital purchases, credit cards, investments, loans, and more! Whoa, that’s quite the financial rollercoaster!

Now, you might wonder what’s in it for Twitter and its users? Hold on tight as we reveal the Pros and Cons of this sensational plan!

Benefits that Will Leave You Starstruck:

1. Better User Experience: With “X” swooping in to combine all Twitter’s services like WeChat, users are in for a treat! Say goodbye to app-switching madness — messaging, social networking, and payments, all bundled up in one convenient package. Simplicity at its finest!

2. More Ways to Make Money: WeChat’s winning formula includes e-commerce and payments, and Twitter’s itching to get a slice of that sweet revenue pie. Picture this — businesses selling products directly to users, and Twitter charging fees for the transaction dance! Ka-ching!

3. More Engagement Than a Royal Wedding: WeChat keeps its users glued with a smorgasbord of features, and Twitter’s looking to play the same game. Get ready to be hooked on the platform for longer, indulging in more services than ever before!

4. Better Data Collection Than TMZ: WeChat’s got the inside scoop on its users, and Twitter wants in on that action. By collecting juicy information about user behavior, preferences, and shopping habits, Twitter can serve up ads so spot-on, it’ll feel like magic! Talk about an enhanced user experience!

Drawbacks to Make You Go “Whoa, Nelly!”:

1. Privacy Concerns — Scandal Alert: As WeChat’s all-in-one approach raises eyebrows on user privacy, Twitter has to tread carefully. More data collected means more risk of unauthorized access and mishandling of personal information. Privacy watchdogs are watching!

2. Monopoly Worries — Drama Unleashed: If Twitter becomes a clone of WeChat, dominating multiple aspects of users’ digital lives, it’s a recipe for legal drama! Antitrust issues might crash the party like an uninvited guest!

3. User Resistance — Flock Revolt: Twitter’s faithful flock might squawk at the idea of a massive makeover. Some users might prefer the simplicity of the old ways, feeling overwhelmed by this enigmatic transformation.

4. Cultural and Market Differences — Lost in Translation: WeChat’s roaring success in China stems from its perfect fit with their culture and market. Twitter faces the challenge of adapting to its diverse global user base — it’s like learning a new language!

Josiah Go, the marketing brains, Chair and Chief Innovation Strategist at Mansmith and Fielders Inc., spills the beans on why Twitter’s opting for this radical transformation. Rebranding can be a lifeline when a company’s reputation is in the dumps, or when they’re changing their focus. And let’s not forget legal hurdles, like in a spicy M&A situation!

Mr Go shares his marketing prowess in details about the X rebranding:

“Some of the reasons why a company can rebrand are:
1. when reputation has been affected negatively
2. when business coverage or focus will change
3. when there is legal impediment to continue, such as in a M&A”. “Brand awareness leads to Brand association. While there is positive brand awareness (both recall and recognition), it has increased negative brand association of late”

Mr Go further elaborates:
“Those who don’t like Musk -have already left anyway. Those who are still with Twitter — they will be curious on the value of the next big thing, meaning from tweeting to transacting. The more the followers they have, the greater the barrier to exit. (Network Effects). More importantly, it may attract the Non-users:
a. New users can be attracted based on new value created for them, not just on rebranding.
b. Some of those who left may return because its no longer just about tweeting anymore.”

Truly, “Brand awareness” can make or break a celeb, I mean, a company! While Twitter’s got both positive and negative brand associations, this “X” factor might just entice new fans and lure back old ones! It’s like tweeting, but with a cherry on top — transacting!

So folks, keep your eyes peeled for this Twitter extravaganza! The birth of “X” is shaking up the social media world, and it’s going to be one wild ride! Stay tuned as the drama unfolds, and the stars align for the boldest transformation Twitter has ever seen!



Wilson Chua

Data Analyst, Startup Founder, Tech Columnist