Twitter Replaces Default Egg Profile Photo

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Twitter today announced that it is doing away with the egg profile photo that was used for any Twitter account that did not upload its own profile picture.

Over time, the egg, which has been around for many years, has come to be associated with accounts created to harass others, giving the egg a negative connotation that Twitter wanted to do away with.

Instead of the egg, Twitter is introducing a new default photo profile that's designed to encourage people to upload their own photos "for more personal expression." Twitter aimed to create something that was generic, universal, serious, unbranded, temporary, and inclusive, and which felt more like a placeholder than the egg.


The company went through many profile photo iterations before landing on a simple gender neutral line-based figure in a generic shade of gray.

Twitter's new default profile photo has already rolled out and people should be seeing the figure instead of an egg on any account without a user-uploaded profile picture.

Twitter can be downloaded from the App Store for free. [Direct Link]

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47 months ago
Why does this matter
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47 months ago

will eggsplaining still be a thing?

That's a bad yolk, but omelette it slide.
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47 months ago
I'm glad they changed it. It reminded me to upload my new avatar



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47 months ago

Read past the title.

*reads past the article*
Yup, still doesn't matter. Twitter is still an unchecked haven of hate, only now the bullies will be represented by a vaguely anthropomorphic blob instead of an egg. Well done, Twitter.
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47 months ago
So now one can't call those xenophobic, homophobic, anti Islamic, anti Semitic, etc people "bad eggs".
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47 months ago
I wonder if this has anything to do with FBI Director James Comey being outed on Twitter yesterday. That was an interesting story on Gizmodo ('http://gizmodo.com/this-is-almost-certainly-james-comey-s-twitter-account-1793843641').
Reinhold Niebuhr ('https://twitter.com/projectexile7')
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