Twitter Drops Its Egg, The Unintended Avatar Of Harassment - NPR

Since 2010, the default avatar on Twitter has been an egg. The idea apparently was that a new user was like a gestating bird, soon to make its first tweet. It was designed to be playful and cute. But over time, Twitter's eggs came to symbolize ...and more »

Twitter Doesn't Want to Be Twitter - New York Magazine

The Twitter egg — the iconic, simple white ovoid against a flat color background that is the default avatar image for all new users — is an easy marker of someone that you should ignore on Twitter. Because anyone who hasn't uploaded a profile picture ...and more »

Two Important Questions About The New Default Twitter Avatar - Forbes

Twitter made headlines in the tech world today with the announcement that the default avatar is changing from an egg shape to a sort of shapeless human blob silhouette. The move raises two very important questions: “Why?” and “Who cares?” Twitter ...and more »

Twitter drops default egg profile picture over links to online abuse - Yahoo News

Twitter has dropped the egg that serves as its default profile picture because of fears it has become synonymous with online abuse. The company admitted abusive accounts often use the image rather than upload a different one. While acknowledging that ...and more »

Twitter Is Ditching the Egg Profile Picture -

All new Twitter users start with the same profile picture: a white cartoon egg on a colorful background. But over the years, the images known as "eggs" have gotten a pretty bad rap. They're often associated with Twitter trolls (though not ALL are), as ...and more »

Twitter Bids Adieu to Egg Avatar - PC Magazine

An egg avatar on Twitter has become synonymous with hateful trolls, so Twitter is making a change. In a blog post Friday, the company acknowledged "an association between the default egg profile photo and negative behavior," which the company said "isn ...and more »

Twitter wants you to stop saying 'Twitter eggs' - The Verge

Twitter has changed the default profile picture for new accounts from an egg on one of seven different background colors to what they described to Fast Company as a “gumdrop-headed human.” They claim the human is genderless, and that is technically ...and more »

Twitter is ditching the egg avatar - USA TODAY

Twitter's egg avatar, often a symbol of anonymous online harassment on the social media service, is no more. On Friday, Twitter confirmed it's ditching the egg in favor of a more generic, default icon resembling a human figure. Twitter cites several ...and more »

Goodbye, Twitter eggs! Default profile picture has changed - The Mercury News

Twitter on Friday said it was changing its default profile picture from an egg to a human silhouette. By Queenie Wong | |. PUBLISHED: March 31, 2017 at 1:02 pm | UPDATED: March 31, 2017 at 2:35 pm. Twitter is cracking all ...and more »

Twitter is retiring its default 'egg' profile picture, but that doesn't do anything to solve its abuse problems - Recode

Twitter is changing its default profile photo and getting rid of the egg picture it has used since 2010 for users who don't upload their own picture. Instead, Twitter is using a new human silhouette to encourage people to upload pictures of themselves ...and more »