Elon Musk, the billionaire entrepreneur and CEO of Tesla and SpaceX, has once again made headlines with his social media presence. On April 3, Twitter changed its blue bird logo to a shiba inu image associated with Dogecoin, a meme-based cryptocurrency that Musk has publicly supported in the past. Despite the change causing confusion among users, Musk remained silent until he tweeted a meme about the change and later offered a callback to a follower’s joke from 2022 suggesting he should buy Twitter and replace the logo with Doge.
While some speculated that the change was an April Fool’s Day gag, others wondered if it was an attempt to divert attention from a lawsuit filed against Musk by Dogecoin investors for $258bn over an alleged pyramid scheme. The plaintiffs claim that Musk manipulated the Dogecoin pyramid scheme for profit, exposure, and amusement. However, lawyers for Musk and Tesla have called the allegations a “fanciful work of fiction.”
Regardless of the motive behind the logo change, it had a significant impact on Dogecoin’s value, which jumped from US$0.079 to US$0.094, the highest value the currency had been since November of the previous year. It is worth noting that this was not the first time Musk’s tweets about Dogecoin have influenced the cryptocurrency’s market value. In May 2022, after Musk tweeted about Dogecoin during his appearance on Saturday Night Live, the value of the cryptocurrency dropped sharply.
In addition to the logo change, Twitter has been dealing with an increasing number of bugs in its user interface, including one that removed the ability to tell which tweets had been retweeted on to your timeline. The site is also reportedly worth less than $20bn, under half of what Musk paid for it six months ago.
In conclusion, Elon Musk’s influence on the world of social media and cryptocurrency continues to be a topic of interest for many. The recent logo change on Twitter is just another example of how his tweets can have a significant impact on the market. While the motive behind the change remains unclear, it is evident that Musk’s support for Dogecoin has helped to increase its value in the past. As with any investment, it is important to exercise caution and do your research before putting your money into cryptocurrency.