Could the defunct Twitter logo get a second life?

The Twitter logo: a blue bird with a halo above clouds in the sky
(Image credit: Twitter / Future)

The paint isn't yet dry on the Twitter rebrand to X, but people are gradually accepting that the blue bird logo isn't coming back. Now one organisation wants to give it a new life. It's asking Elon Musk to donate the late Twitter logo to a good cause.

The World Parrot Trust (WPT) says that handing it the trademark would allow one of the best social media logos to raise awareness of a critically endangered blue bird in the real world, Lear’s Macaw. But will Musk set the bird free?

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We've already seen the WWF use the Twitter logo as a metaphor for environmental crises and the extinction of species. But the World Parrot Trust thinks the dumped design could be used to make a positive statement. If Twitter no longer exists, why let the logo be consigned to the past? It's asking the world's richest man to hand it over to help raise awareness of a species whose numbers are estimated to have fallen to just 1,700.

The Lear’s Macaw is a parrot native to Brazil, but its survival is threatened by a loss of habitat, hunting and the illegal trade in animals. WPT thinks that the recognition that the famous Twitter logo could provide would help support conservation and education efforts. It's calling on people to tag Musk and use the #LetTheBlueBirdFly hashtag to try to persuade X's owner.

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So could Larry the bird turn out to be a phoenix? Musk's chaotic off-the-cuff approach to rebranding Twitter suggests he doesn't have a particular fondness for the Twitter logo, and it's unlikely that has any intention to use it again. Giving the logo away might help win over those people who are changing the X logo back to the bird on their phones or those who have shown no rush to start using the X brand kit.

That said, I'm not sure how moved Musk will be by the plight of a blue Macaw, and I can't recall any precedent of a company donating a trademarked logo to a cause. Musk may also prefer to leave the Twitter logo history in the past and never see it again in any form.

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Joseph Foley

Joe is a regular freelance journalist and editor at Creative Bloq. He writes news and features, updates buying guides and keeps track of the best equipment for creatives, from monitors to accessories and office supplies. A writer and translator, he also works as a project manager at London and Buenos Aires-based design, production and branding agency Hermana Creatives, where he manages a team of designers, photographers and video editors who specialise in producing photography, video content, graphic design and collaterals for the hospitality sector. He enjoys photography, particularly nature photography, wellness and he dances Argentine tango.