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Twitter ditches iconic egg default avatar

Twitter ditches iconic egg default avatar

According to the company, the move was made to encourage "people to express themselves" after noticing "an association between the default egg profile photo and negative behavior". "We felt that the circle of the head in the figure still seemed masculine, even though it technically had no design characteristics to indicate that it was a man". Not the new replies feature that gives you the full 140 characters back for conversations - that's a recent implementation too - but rather the absence of the anonymous egg avatars.

Though the idea behind keeping an egg as the default picture was related to a new twitter account that is yet to "tweet" its first words.

Twitter has replaced the default avatar on the social network, dropping the infamous egg for a gray person-shaped figure.

But over time, Twitter's eggs came to symbolize something different: users who remain shadowy on objective, in order to harass their fellow tweeters. Whatever comes next will be named Twitter, but it won't feel like the service its longtime users know.

To its credit, Twitter also goes into detail about how it designed the new photo to be more gender inclusive. It got to the point where "Twitter egg" became a derogatory phrase.

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Twitter believes that making the default profile picture a little more generic will allow people to use it a lot less and work towards doing away with anonymity.

The platform has faced growing criticism for their lack of stronger action against president Donald Trump's regular barrage of "bully tweets" and the militia of cyberbullies who routinely shame, stalk, and harass other users Twitter.

Say goodbye to the Twitter egg.

Twitter has always been notorious as a cesspool of abuse, and that's been tied, in part, to its default egg avatar. The egg DPs were chosen originally with a different colored background for each new account, to make things fun and unique.

'As a result of these iterations, we ended with a more gender-balanced figure'.


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