Elon Musk switches the Twitter logo: A number of users are reporting seeing a Doge emblem in place of the company’s previous bird logo on the bird website, and it appears as this week will be just like any other on the platform. People’s “Following” timelines appear to be overrun with unlabeled retweets from people they don’t follow.
Regarding the first, the algorithm that manages the “For You” timeline is not suddenly managing your Following timeline. Retweets are no longer identified by labels on Twitter.
Formerly, when someone you followed retweeted anything, a notice would appear above the tweet identifying the person who was in charge of it appearing on your timeline. Now that label appears to have disappeared from the internet, the tweets are identical to those of the individuals you follow.
If you click into the tweet, the retweet label shows back up, and if you try to reply to it, it’ll still tag the person who retweeted it. That functionality still being around, and the fact that the labels are still there on the timeline in the iOS and Android apps, as well as TweetDeck, makes this seem more like a bug than an intentional change.
Elon Musk Shows Love For Doge
Elon Musk has long been a proponent of Dogecoin and has, directly and indirectly, promoted the cryptocurrency over the micro-blogging site.
As things stand, the price of Dogecoin (DOGE) is currently exchanging hands at $0.08335, which represents a gain of 16% in the past thirty minutes in comparison to an increase of 12% recorded over the last 24 hours.
As for the Doge icon showing up on the loading screen and in the upper left corner of the web UI, it’s hard to say how that could be a bug unless it’s just an April Fools’ day joke that showed up two days late. CEO Elon Musk has been a noted booster of the Dogecoin cryptocurrency and has, at times, let people buy certain pieces of Tesla merch with the memecoin. Of course, the value of Doge has spiked since the dog took over Twitter, going from under 8 cents to almost 9 cents.
Like the retweet labels, the Doge rebranding seems to only apply to Twitter’s web UI, not its apps.
These days, it’s hard to tell whether any of this is on purpose. (Twitter’s press email automatically responds to requests for comment with a poop emoji, and Musk hasn’t tweeted about either change.) Last week, Twitter stopped showing what tweets people were replying to, filling our timelines with replies that just looked like vague subtweets. Eventually, that change was rolled back, though again, it wasn’t clear whether Twitter was fixing a bug or undoing an unpopular policy decision.
This is a developing story and is being …