Today, Twitter announced in a blog post that it is getting rid of the most well-known and iconic egg default profile picture. The blog post is quite extensive and thoroughly explains that it has developed a new profile picture which will take place of the egg. Moreover, it further explains that the new profile picture is quite expressive and diverse. Let's dive in to see some more details on the subject.
Twitter Is Doing Away With The Iconic Egg Default Profile Picture
As we have mentioned earlier, Twitter is replacing the default egg profile picture on the microblogging site with a more generic image that depicts diversity and is a lot more expressive. Twitter further explains in its blog post that it adopted various iterations in the past and wanted to make sure that it reflected a specific set of traits like universal, generic, unbranded, serious and others. In addition to this, Twitter worked to ensure that the default profile picture included everyone and should not at all be gender biased.
People have come to associate the circle head with masculinity, and because of this association, we felt that it was important to explore alternate head shapes. We reviewed many variations of our figure, altering both the head and shoulders to feel more inclusive to all genders.
When the shoulders were wider, the image felt overly masculine, so we decreased the width of the shoulders and adjusted the height of the figure. As a result of these iterations, we ended with a more gender-balanced figure.
The egg profile picture has recently been associated with harassment and spam accounts. This is something Twitter is doing away with as it has worked to clean the network recently. Other than this, the company also did introduce a bevy of measures over the past few months to combat harassment. This includes the muting feature - allowing users to block or filter certain type of unwanted content from their timelines and notifications.
We noticed that some people kept the egg default profile photo because they thought it was fun and cute, but we want people to use this space to show us who they are! The new default image feels more like an empty state or placeholder, and we hope it encourages people to upload images that express themselves.
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. There will be more to the story, so be sure to stay tuned in with us.
This is it for now, folks. What are your thoughts on the scenario? Do you think Twitter made the right move by adopting a more generic default profile picture? Share your thoughts with us in the comments section below.