Twitter replaces egg with genderless head and shoulders icon

Twitter replaces egg with genderless head and shoulders icon

On Friday, Twitter replaced its eggs, which have served as the default photos for users of the social media site for seven years, with what the Verge has dubbed "gumdrop head".

Many Twitter users have learned the hard way to be skeptical of accounts featuring eggs, as they often seem to be the sources of trolling, harassment, and spam. Therefore, they ultimately decided on the image seen above. But it came to be associated with anonymous harassers. Twitter is simply kicking the can down the road, putting a band-aid on something that needs surgery. They claim the human is genderless, and that is technically true, but society insists that the default gender is male and for my purposes right now in this blog (and at no other time) - so do I. Twitter set forth with some guidelines. The attributes it was aiming for include generic, universal, serious, unbranded, temporary, and inclusive.

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Once it had the principles in place, the company explains how it proceeded.

A Twitter spokeswoman said the new default profile picture has been rolled out to everyone. Other than this, the company also did introduce a bevy of measures over the past few months to combat harassment.

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"After deciding on a figure, we began our refinements".

Twitter added that some people kept the old egg default photo because they thought it was fun and cute, something it's hoping to discourage with this new avatar. The shoulder width, the overall height, and the head shape were adjusted, making it unclear what the figure's gender is. As a result of these iterations, we ended with a more gender-balanced figure. Twitter also increased the contrast on the image to make it more accessible for users with visual impairments. One was that Twitter refreshed its brand with a new look and feel highlighting diversity and expressiveness of people around the world, and a change to the egg would "prompt more self-expression". Here's what Twitter hasn't done this week: Solve the massive abuse problems that are driving users away from the site.

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