The iconic blue bird logo of the well-known microblogging platform has been replaced by the “doge” meme of the cryptocurrency Dogecoin, according to Elon Musk, the CEO of Twitter. The blue bird logo served as the home button on Twitter’s web version, where users quickly noticed the change. The Shiba Inu face-based doge meme is well-known as the symbol for the 2013-created, parody-based Dogecoin blockchain and cryptocurrency.
Musk is a vocal supporter of Dogecoin, a cryptocurrency that was created as a parody of Bitcoin. He has previously promoted Dogecoin on Twitter and during his appearance on “Saturday Night Live” last year. Following the logo change on Twitter, the value of Dogecoin increased by over 20%.
and change the bird logo to a doge— Chairman (@WSBChairman) March 26, 2022
In addition to the logo change, Musk also shared a humorous post on his Twitter account featuring the doge meme in a car. In the post, the doge meme is seen telling a police officer who appears to be checking his driver’s license that his photo has been changed. Musk also shared a screenshot of a conversation with an anonymous account that had requested the change to the bird logo to “doge.” Upon sharing the post on Twitter, Musk wrote, “As promised.” The conversation took place on March 26, 2022.
It’s worth noting that the blue bird logo remained unchanged on Twitter’s mobile app, and the logo change was exclusive to the web version of the platform. On the web version of the platform, Twitter’s home button has traditionally been the blue bird logo.
In October 2022, Musk acquired Twitter in a $44 billion deal that he had initially approved in April. Musk tried to back out of the agreement for months, citing issues with the volume of bots on the platform and claims made by a company whistleblower. According to reports, Musk sold Tesla stock valued at about $8.5 billion to help pay for the purchase of Twitter.
While Musk’s love for the doge meme and his promotion of Dogecoin have contributed to the cryptocurrency’s popularity, some have criticized his tweets and statements regarding cryptocurrencies for their potential to influence the market and lead to volatile price fluctuations.