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Why did Twitter Folded into X?

Bid farewell to the iconic bluebird and welcome X? The “maybe in the future” all-encompassing super-app poised to revolutionize the way we connect and interact. Elon Musk envisions X as the future of the all-inclusive-app, seamlessly integrating a plethora of features into a single platform.

Inspired by the success of WeChat (or PhonePe), a Chinese app that has conquered China, X aims to replicate that success on a global scale. From messaging and video calls to shopping and payments, X promises to be the one-stop shop for all your digital needs.

However, there are two sides to the super-app coin. On one hand, ditching the well-established Twitter brand might be a risky move. Why not launch X with Twitter built in, preserving the brand’s recognition while introducing the new app?

On the other hand, an all-in-one app has its undeniable charms. Imagine the ease of switching between tasks without having to jump between different apps. Shopping, paying, ordering food, or booking a flight, all within the X ecosystem.

But despite its potential benefits, super-apps face regulatory challenges in regions like Europe and the United States. Data privacy concerns, surveillance issues, and potential anti-competitive practices raise red flags among regulatory bodies.

X presents a tantalizing glimpse into a possible future, where convenience and functionality intertwine. While its success hinges on addressing regulatory concerns and ensuring user privacy, does X have the potential to revolutionize the way we interact with the digital world. I don’t think so, feels like X is a miss from the start, it ditches a famous brand for a non-brand, what does X mean? With a promise of an app that has very little chances in the West of ever getting out of the drawing board.

Moving to Addthis

Oh this is funny, remember when there were like all this influx of buttons to save/post/share/like and then came the aggregation buttons, like addthis and addtoany or sharethis, all of this was a freaking drag on webpages and i was never a big fan, cause they weren’t really very useful, sure 1 or 2 people might use it, but the vast majority doesn’t, and why make your pages load like shit just to make life better for a couple of visitors?

Most people that use delicious have and use other ways to bookmarks, users of stumbleupon probably have the bar installed, so there wasn’t any point, that is until facebook started with the like buttons, those seemed to be way more practical and a stronger promotional tool, same goes later on to the tweet buttons and now the google plus button, so we are back to the same problem, although the buttons are more useful and practical its still at least 3 or 4 hits to different places dragging your own pages down (ohh and the tweet button is kinda the worst of the bunch).

That is were addthis comes along and just adds these buttons to their standard setup, so now instead of all those hits you are just hitting the addthis site, add to that asynchronous loading and you are pretty much having the best of both worlds, adding to this the fact that i dont need to hardcore parts of the template or some referral on the buttons to make them work properly, makes addthis even more practical, so expect some more buttons popping out of s2r sites hehehe.