Twitter had arguably one of the most iconic logos with sweeping brand recognition. It is hard for many people, especially loyal platform users, to understand why the new owner, Elon Musk, advocated and enforced a Twitter logo change to something as generic as a letter.
Still, as the owner, it seems within his purview to make sweeping changes, and there are several possible reasons to make them. Discover the motivations behind the logo transformation and its pros and cons.
What Is Twitter's New Logo?
For those still not in the know: Has the Twitter logo changed? Yes.
On July 23, 2023, Musk announced the end of the recognizable and consumer-friendly blue bird. To many dismayed Twitter users and some baffled marketers, the new owner revealed the new logo "X."
While the news is not a tremendous shock to those familiar with the recent Twitter woes or Musk's boisterous claims of creating an "everything" app, it is still sad to see an icon of marketing history be discarded.
That said, every business evolves and changes. Sure, most don't throw out popular logos or years of branding, but there are reasons for every decision in business, right or wrong.
Why Did Twitter Change Its Logo?
Before the Musk acquisition of Twitter on October 27, 2022, the company faced financial struggles, declining ad revenue, and dwindling social users. The numbers have not picked up much since Musk's buyout.
According to recent data, Twitter has lost almost half its advertising revenue since Musk stepped in. Also, "heavy tweeters" are on the decline.
That said, Musk bought an infrastructure for a new idea. He hasn't been secretive about his desire to build a platform where people can socialize, shop, and receive entertainment. The logo change is just another step in the evolution of Twitter.
What Are the Pros of the Logo Change?
Why did Twitter change its logo from a bird to an X? Businesses change their names for many reasons, including to reverse declining profits, meet changing markets and preferences, and convince consumers they are more than a name.
Twitter was and is facing many problems. A name and logo change could help. The change signals a new path forward for the company. It announces to existing and loyal fans that business cannot go on as usual.
In the pro column, a logo change represents an opportunity to reinvent the existing Twitter culture and operations. Users do not have any emotional connection to the new logo, so it is easier to make platform changes and updates. Still, change is never easy, and it often comes with many risks.
What Are the Cons of the Logo Change?
Some people can look at the changes that Musk is making at Twitter and say they make sense when someone is trying to reinvent the company or save the infrastructure. However, every change comes with risks.
Musk inevitably angers the existing consumer base as he invests in rebranding a beloved brand. Also, removing the logo is like eliminating current brand capital and starting from scratch.
Consumers knew what to expect from the Twitter platform, but they have no idea what to expect from X. The unknown forces consumers to take part in risk analysis: Do they want to ride out the changes and see what's to come, or bail and dedicate themselves to a known social platform?
Only time will tell if Elon Musk's gamble will pay off. While the answer to why Twitter changed its logo is relatively straightforward, the answer to how that change affects the company's bottom line is not. The only thing anyone knows is that Twitter will never be the same again. Rest in peace, Larry the Bird.