Elon's Impact on X: the Good, the Bad, and the Ugly
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Elon's Impact on X: the Good, the Bad, and the Ugly

Elon's acquisition of Twitter and its subsequent evolution into X has been a rollercoaster ride, to say the least. Join us as we explore the good, the bad, and the ugly.


In the wake of Musk's acquisition and subsequent transition of Twitter to X, the microblogging platform has experienced a whirlwind of transformations. From upheavals in shifts in API access to staggering workforce reductions, the journey has been nothing short of tumultuous.

More than a year in, it’s time to explore these changes and discuss how they changed the face of social media as we know it. Let’s dig in!

1. X Soars as Twitter Falters

X Soars as Twitter Falters

Elon Musk's acquisition of Twitter for a staggering $44 billion in October 2022 sparked speculation about the platform's future. Musk, known for his unconventional approach and strategies, vowed to defy convention and revolutionize Twitter. And he delivered on the promise.

He overhauled the platform and changed the face of Twitter; the jury is still out on whether it was for better or worse. But his biggest change was the rebrand that replaced the beloved blue bird with X.

The rebranding of Twitter as X under Musk's leadership, alongside CEO Linda Yaccarino, had a dramatic transformation. This shift aimed to redefine the platform beyond its traditional social media boundaries, envisioning it as an everything app encompassing messaging, banking, shopping…

The vision was grand, promising a revolutionary leap into uncharted territory within the digital landscape. However, as the dust settles, we are still waiting for this vision as Musk continues to work to keep the company afloat.

2. Exploring the X Subscription Model

Following Elon Musk's takeover of Twitter amid financial instability, the imperative to bolster the company's revenue streams became glaringly evident. Musk's strategic vision aimed to fortify Twitter's financial foundation, steering it away from the brink of potential bankruptcy.

Exploring the X Subscription Model

The platform tried to diversify its revenue sources and mitigate its overreliance on advertising revenue, a vulnerability that tethered Twitter to the whims and demands of advertisers regarding content moderation and brand safety protocols.

This is how the subscription model came to be. Twitter hoped to gain a significant portion of its revenue stream towards subscriptions, targeting an ambitious milestone of at least 50% in the short term.

Moreover, integrating user credit card information into the platform represented a strategic step towards facilitating seamless in-app transactions and purchases, aligning with Musk's vision of transforming Twitter into the “everything app.”

However, this subscription model encountered hurdles rooted in consumer behavior and expectations. While the concept was great in theory, the reality was different. Users were hesitant to part with their money without any value in return, by that time Blue Checkmarks lost theirs.

Moreover, Musk's penchant for voicing controversial or politically charged opinions further stressed the urgency for Twitter to pivot towards subscription-based revenue streams. With advertisers increasingly wary of associating their brands with not-so-savory content, Twitter had to cultivate another revenue model.

Despite efforts to roll out multiple subscription tiers post-launch, the benefits of this model have yet to materialize fully. The journey towards Twitter's subscription-driven future remains uncertain.

3. Introducing Paid Blue Checkmarks

Introducing Paid Blue Checkmarks

The saga of Twitter's blue checkmarks, a once-simple verification system now is too complex. Originated amidst a flurry of high-profile impersonations during 2008 and '09, besides the checkmark it is unrecognizable.

Fast forward to 2022, where Twitter finds itself under the ownership of billionaire Elon Musk, who envisions transforming this verification system into a lucrative revenue stream for the platform he acquired for a staggering $44 billion.

The notion of transitioning to a paid verification system has elicited and faced a spectrum of questions and concerns.

Moreover, Twitter's approach to verification has evolved, introducing a tiered system where certain celebrities receive verification for free, while others, the peasants if you will, are left to navigate a landscape where verification may come at a cost.

The platform is also currently trying to entice users with verified followers by bundling a complimentary checkmark alongside a premium subscription.

This has underscored Twitter's identity as it grapples with the monetization of its verification system. The platform strives to strike a delicate balance between revenue generation and user satisfaction in its quest to redefine the significance of its blue checkmarks.

4. Unveiling the X Monetization Program

In July, X officially launched its creator ads revenue sharing program, marking a significant milestone in the platform's evolution. This feature empowers users to earn revenue from advertisements displayed in replies to content posted on the social networking site by verified creators.

Unveiling the X Monetization Program

Revenue and Creator programs have proven their worth for creators, especially those smart enough to cash in on whatever is on offer. You can use a social media management tool like Nuelink to make sure that your content is well monetized.

The rollout of this program has been accompanied by an effort to attract prominent creators, such as Mr. Beast, who has expressed both interest and skepticism regarding the impact of this new initiative.

Elon Musk's endeavor to rebrand Twitter as X follows a decline in ad revenue since his acquisition of the platform last year. This latest feature represents a pivotal moment for X as it seeks to regain momentum and redefine its identity in the digital landscape.

Early reports indicate that the program has already facilitated substantial payouts for creators, sparking renewed interest and enthusiasm for the platform. However, despite Musk's assertions that X's monetization efforts surpass those of its competitors, data suggests otherwise.

While the program has undoubtedly provided a financial boost for some creators, questions linger regarding its long-term sustainability and effectiveness.

While Musk's acquisition of Twitter initially signaled a shift in the digital landscape, the journey from Twitter's downfall to the rise of X has been a tumultuous one, marked by many ambitions, obstacles, and the inevitable clash between visionary ideals and realities.

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