Musk Wants to Turn Twitter into an ‘Everything App’

He calls it “X,” and it may become the WeChat of the US

Nabil Alouani
4 min readNov 5, 2022
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If you ask someone from China what WeChat does, they’ll say “everything” — and you’d be wrong to think it’s an overstatement.

I was at a Chinese diner with my friend Irene when I first realized WeChat was an app made to rule them all. For context, Irene’s brother had married a few days prior, and she’d sent him money as a wedding gift. It’s a trick we immigrants do when we can’t show up to special occasions: don’t bother with gifts, just send cash and let them pick whatever they want.

I asked Irene which app she used because I was getting tired of high conversion fees. “Wait, isn’t WeChat a texting app?” I said. “They do money transfers now?”

Oh, they do much more than that.

Irene spent the following twenty minutes flexing the capabilities of the #1 app in her home country. There were blog posts, TikTok-like videos, recipes, flash sales, car rides, hotel offers, concert tickets, charities you could join, and even small games like Tetris and Space Invaders.

WeChat is called a Super-App for a reason.



Nabil Alouani

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