Thursday, 27 April, 2017

Twitter Bids Adieu to Egg Avatar

Twitter eggs are bad news so the company got rid of them Twitter is killing the egg profile picture
Javier Burns | 01 April, 2017, 01:49

But Twitter recently revealed it had shut down more than 375,000 accounts in the second half of 2016 because of abuse or hate-filled content.

In a Friday blog post titled "Rethinking Our Default Profile Photo", Twitter explained how they settled on the placeholder image for new users. The attributes it was aiming for include generic, universal, serious, unbranded, temporary, and inclusive. Now, for those people who haven't uploaded profile photos, instead of seeing a white oval inside a bright colored square, you'll see a generic silhouette of a dark gray head and shoulders against a light gray background.

The previous egg default icon was a "fun and cute" way for people to create accounts without their own photo, Twitter said. Don't worry, ovate friends; no matter what avatar Twitter tries to smooth things over with, you'll always be eggs to us.

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Is the so-called "Trump Bump" back on Wall Street? "It may allow a child to get his way, but that's not how our government works". There's a bit of a Twitter war going on today between President Donald Trump and Idaho 1 District Congressman Raul Labrador.

Twitter has struggled to grow its monthly active users and now revenue growth is struggling as well. "As part of our work to bring these ideas into the product, we realised it was time to change the default profile photo, to help prompt more self-expression", the post said. We additionally considered a simple, line-based pattern to try something without a figure. One problem with the ovule is that it's come to represent "negative behavior" for many users, and Twitter doesn't want to let that prevent new users from expressing themselves. The design team took the circle head from the bathroom signs and altered it a bit because the "image felt overly masculine". The shoulder width, the overall height, and the head shape were adjusted, making it unclear what the figure's gender is. It got to the point where "Twitter egg" became a derogatory phrase.

Perhaps the eggs were ready to be cracked when Twitter added functionality earlier this month to filter out tweets from accounts that had the default avatar. In other words, enough of the fluff - we need real change, Twitter.

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