Updated: 09/12/2023 by Computer Hope
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Formerly called Twitter, X is a social network founded by Jack Dorsey, Noah Glass, Evan Williams, and Biz Stone on March 21, 2006, and the site was launched to the public on July 15, 2006. X allows anyone to post a short 280-character message about anything over the Internet, application, or on their phone.


On July 24, 2023, Twitter, Inc. changed the blue bird icon to an "X" and its color scheme to black.

X is considered the pulse of the Internet, a quick and easy method of discovering what is happening across the world. Using the X search, you can find the latest news, events, and trends.

Why is there a character limit on X?

Twitter originally started with a 140-character limit, so one Twitter message could fit in a text message.

Twitter bird logo

What was the name of the Twitter bird?

The Twitter bird logo is named "Larry" after the most famous bird, Larry Bird (the basketball player).

Does Elon Musk own Twitter?

Yes. Elon Musk purchased Twitter in 2022 for $44 billion, and he later decided to rename the company to X in 2023.

What are people on X called?

When the service was called Twitter, users (people posting on Twitter) were called Twitterers or Tweeters. After the company was renamed to "X," we're unsure what to call X users.

How to shorten an X message

Use the Computer Hope convert tool to convert any long message to 280 characters.

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