Goodbye, Twitter eggs! Default profile picture changes

Twitter is literally cracking all of its eggs in an effort to encourage more users to upload pictures of themselves and be more civil online.

When people join the social media site, the default images has been an egg since 2010. It was a fun and playful nod to how eggs hatch into birds.

Now the company is changing the profile picture to a silhouette of a gender-neutral person.  Twitter decreased the width of the shoulders, the height of the figure and made the face less circular to make sure the figure didn’t seem too masculine.

The company thinks that changing the default image will encourage people to express themselves by uploading a photo.

“We’ve noticed patterns of behavior with accounts that are created only to harass others – often they don’t take the time to personalize their accounts,” Twitter’s Design team said in a blog post. “This has created an association between the default egg profile photo and negative behavior, which isn’t fair to people who are still new to Twitter and haven’t yet personalized their profile photo.”

The Twitter default photo has gone through a number of changes throughout the years, including a person, emoticon and a bird.

Some Twitter users weren’t too pleased with the change, starting a hashtag NotMyEgg online.

Others thought a new profile pic wouldn’t do much to combat harassment.

A Twitter spokeswoman said that the new default profile picture is currently rolled out to everyone.

And with April Fool’s Day coming up, it would be a cruel joke indeed to play on its users.

For the record, though, Twitter confirmed the change isn’t a prank.

Photo: The Twitter building is photographed Dec. 14, 2015, in San Francisco, Calif. (Karl Mondon/Bay Area News Group); Twitter profile images courtesy of Twitter.

 

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