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.
Twitter has announced that its doing away with the egg default profile picture, a symbol that has been used on the site since 2010.
Yesterday, Twitter confused us all with some unusual changes to the way replies work, but that new system is not almost as freaky as the way they've made a decision to tackle harassment from "egg" accounts. So Twitter is making the default avatar. worse on objective: "The new default image feels more like an empty state or placeholder and we hope it encourages people to upload images that express themselves". The company chose it because it found it to be everything a profile placeholder should be: generic, universal, serious, unbranded, temporary, and inclusive.
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Twitter has spent many long hours trying to figure out how to kill the egg.
Also, many evildoers were creating fake accounts, leaving the egg image as they harassed others.
The new Twitter default profile pic, which was necessary because the old one was so deeply and irrevocably associated with trolls and bots and all the other seedy, unnecessary parts of Twitter, is a small gray man.
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First, the company says, it has a new look as of a year ago, and it wants users' avatars to reflect the "diversity and expressiveness" of the platform.
"After deciding on a figure, we began our refinements". The design team took the circle head from the bathroom signs and altered it a bit because the "image felt overly masculine". "A Twitter user can see that, and automatically know it's a Twitter handle". The shoulder width, the overall height, and the head shape were adjusted, making it unclear what the figure's gender is. We're really not sure, to be honest.
The design process for the new default is actually sort of fascinating, because its goal was to create an image that people won't want to use.
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