On Tuesday, Elon Musk made a surprising move by changing the classic blue bird logo of Twitter with the ‘Doge’ meme, the famous image of a Shiba Inu dog.
This meme is now visible on the top left corner of the Twitter homepage on the web version.
This is the latest change that has occurred since Mr. Musk purchased Twitter for $44 billion in November last year.
Previously, he tweeted that Twitter will only recommend content from paid accounts on the For You feed, which is the first screen that users see when they open the app, starting from April.
The ‘Doge’ meme as the new logo has sparked numerous comments on Twitter. One user questioned whether it was a fun Tuesday on Twitter, while another user dismissed it as attention-seeking nonsense.
Mr. Musk is an advocate of Dogecoin, a cryptocurrency created as a joke in 2013, and he mentioned that Tesla accepts Dogecoin as payment for merchandise. He also reiterated that SpaceX will soon follow suit.
The sudden appearance of the Doge meme on the Twitter interface caused Dogecoin to surge by almost 30%, according to Bloomberg.
As more and more Twitter users questioned the reasoning behind the logo change, Mr. Musk posted two tweets, using his usual humorous approach to explain his decision.
One tweet showed the face of the ‘Doge’ meme driving a car while a police officer supposedly checks the driving license displaying the ‘old’ blue bird logo.
Doge tells the cop “that’s an old photo”.
Then, in another tweet, Mr Musk shared a screenshot of an old conversation with a user who asked him to “buy Twitter and change the bird logo to a doge”. He said in the tweet it’s done “as promised”.
According to a recent Reuters report, Vox has drawn attention to a pertinent news story that some users are discussing, which details a $258 billion lawsuit accusing Elon Musk of operating a pyramid scheme in support of Dogecoin. It is worth noting that the legal team of the Twitter CEO requested the court to dismiss the lawsuit related to Dogecoin a few days before the appearance of the Doge meme on Twitter’s website