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X is Still Working Through its Re-Branding Efforts

Time to examine in on the rebrand at X (previously Twitter), and the way X’s slimmed down engineering staff goes about updating the entire many bird-related references within the app.

Yeah, it’s seemingly not going nice.

In accordance with a report from Mashable, X’s most up-to-date step on this entrance has been to arrange an automated alternative variable on iOS, in order that every time a person features a reference to “” in a put up within the app, the system routinely updates it to “” as an alternative.

So in case you put up one thing to X like: “Take a look at my profile at”, on iOS, it’ll now learn as: “Take a look at my profile at”, with the system routinely altering the reference.

Looks like a straightforward strategy to get extra individuals referring to, proper?

Nicely, the issue, as a number of customers instantly labored out, is that it pertains to any reference to “”, whatever the surrounding context. So in case you have been to put up one thing like “”, the brand new system will instantly replace that to “” primarily based on this code. The precise URL itself, nonetheless, will hold referring to the unique area that you just linked to.

In different phrases, the textual content replace will change the show of the URL within the app, however it gained’t change the hyperlink. So you possibly can mainly arrange any web site with “” in it, understanding that it’ll be renamed as “”, then dupe individuals into clicking by means of on it, considering that they’re going to a completely totally different website.

Which is a scammers dream, and can result in many, many deceptive clicks.

In accordance with Mashable, X has up to date the method to handle at the very least a number of the extra problematic misuses. However they haven’t modified all of them, and the system remains to be updating URL listings to from “” to “” as an alternative.

Although why that is even a spotlight is complicated, contemplating that the majority of X’s features nonetheless discuss with “” both means.

Certainly, X’s desktop format, proper now, the entire features discuss with a“” hyperlink:

Even X’s Grok chatbot is at present hosted at “”. So I’m undecided that altering the title of the URL in posts goes to make any main distinction both means.

In fact, mentioning the title in posts is extra up entrance, and extra seen than these hyperlinks, which aren’t displayed prominently on display screen.

However in X’s assist documentation they’re, and there are many “Twitter” references there:

X additionally contains (previously Twitter) in most of its e mail notifications as nicely, with a view to cowl all bases, whereas most exterior references to “” even have to incorporate “previously Twitter” too, in any other case Google’s crawlerbots will get suspicious in regards to the validity of your hyperlinks.

So, on stability, the re-brand to X remains to be a piece in progress, and it does look like this was an ill-timed re-naming effort, contemplating that the corporate had additionally reduce 80% of its employees simply earlier than the introduced change, leaving it with far fewer assets to assign to the broader re-naming activity.

However Elon Musk has been dreaming of “” for 20 years, and he was decided to start out afresh with a brand new id for his social media experiment. And it does make sense to have some separation from its outdated moniker, within the pre-Musk period. However the broader renaming of its many references goes to take time, and plenty of customers are nonetheless going to discuss with it as Twitter, most likely endlessly.

So possibly not an incredible enterprise determination. However then once more, Elon appears to take satisfaction in lumping himself with extremely tough duties, and he’s positively not taking the straightforward means out, on just about any entrance, on the app.

In that sense, possibly the half-baked re-brand aligns with the broader Elon Musk expertise.


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