Even though Twitter has done away with the egg picture, it doesn't mean the trolling problem is fixed.
Twitter hopes the new design will help "prompt more self-expression", and encourages people to upload their own pictures, since the new default picture looks more like a placeholder. After seven years, Twitter wants you to be more expressive in your profile, while perhaps subtlety reducing the number of people who troll the service anonymously.
Interestingly, it took Twitter a really long time to decide on how this new icon would appear.
Twitter updated the avatars to the new, gray figures Friday. Therefore, they ultimately decided on the image seen above.
Twitter has dropped the egg that serves as its default profile picture because of fears it has become synonymous with online abuse.
Twitter product designer, Jeremy Reiss mentioned that the goal of the new scheme was to follow a set of words. Share your thoughts with us in the comments section below.
The company said that it went through many iterations to develop the new profile photo to make sure it was a "more gender-balanced figure" and felt temporary, generic and universal. Among those options was a filter that screened out newly created accounts, the ones most likely to sport the egg pic; and a filter to just screen anyone sporting the default pic, regardless of how old their account was. "We had to determine how to bring inclusivity into our single default profile photo, given that we don't require people to specify their gender on Twitter", the company explained.
It gave three reasons for the change to a generic, faceless gray head and shoulders.
When users now sign up to the platform, they will be greeted with a gender-neutral figure as their profile photo.
- Eldritch Costello (@acekatana) March 31, 2017Twitter says egg avatars were being associated w/harassment.