Twitter Killed The Egg Avatar And People Are Not Happy
The Twitter egg - the iconic, simple white ovoid against a flat color background that is the default avatar image for all new users - is an easy marker of someone that you should ignore on Twitter.
One could see Twitter's ditching its toxic branding as a surface-level fix for its harassment problems, but the move comes weeks after the service (finally) rolled out tools to help curb abuse. The blog post is quite extensive and thoroughly explains that it has developed a new profile picture which will take place of the egg.
Not many users are impressed with the change, however, and wondered why Twitter wouldn't just delete the troll accounts, instead. "It was important to explore alternate head shapes", the company wrote. Most notably, Twitter says some people kept the egg because they thought it was fun or cute, instead of uploading a photo that actually showed off something about their identity. But now it's time for something new - something that encourages people to upload their own photos for more personal expression.
Twitter has always been notorious as a cesspool of abuse, and that's been tied, in part, to its default egg avatar. It is not the first time the default image has changed, but the timing is just terrible. In my opinion, the egg was already plenty of incentive. Let's start with, "Why?". That's wonderful, and I'm glad Twitter is thinking about stuff like this, because it matters.
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