From Tweet to X: Twitter still uses “tweet,” so Elon Musk’s plan to replace it to “X” may be tricky. Because everyone uses “tweet” and “retweet,” it’s hard to modify them.
Twitter’s amazing success has made the word “tweets” a verb that people use in America and other countries. Even the billionaire owner of Twitter can’t change this strong language rule. Language changes naturally as people use it, and it doesn’t like being controlled by rules from the top. According to Nick Bilton, who wrote the book “Hatching Twitter: A True Story of Money, Power, Friendship, and Betrayal,” language comes from talking to each other a lot.
The platform’s first name was “twttr,” without any vowels. This was because in 2006, people used a lot of SMS texting, and the iPhone wasn’t introduced until 2007. Evan Williams paid a lot of money to buy the vowels and make “twitter.com.” Tweet” took over as the action word instead of “twitter. The word “tweet” has become really popular among famous people, politicians, and regular folks. Even the way former President Donald Trump used Twitter a lot made “tweet” really popular.
“Tweet” is officially in the Oxford English Dictionary and Merriam-Webster, which means it’s a real word in English. Twitter’s blue bird symbol showed that it wanted to bring hope and create a friendly place while fighting against false information and mean words.
The folks who created Twitter really put some thought into what they should name it. When Noah Glass, one of the guys who started the company, was having a tough time, he looked up the word “twitter” in the dictionary. Once he finished reading the meaning, he felt like he totally got it.
Since October 2022, when Musk became the boss, he’s been trying to change the name of Twitter to ‘X.’ Musk believes that X will be an app that can do a whole bunch of stuff, like showing videos, pictures, chatting with friends, making payments, and even more cool things. It’s like how SpaceX and Tesla’s Model X can do many different things.
Twitter, which is also called X, has become really popular in society that even Elon Musk can’t seem to get rid of it.