The Age of the Twitter Egg Is Over

Say hello to 'gumdrop head'
By Michael Harthorne,  Newser Staff
Posted Mar 31, 2017 1:23 PM CDT
The Age of the Twitter Egg Is Over
Twitter has replaced its default egg user photo with a "vaguely human placeholder."   (Twitter)

The ubiquitous Twitter egg has finally hatched, revealing a ... "vaguely human placeholder," as Boing Boing calls it. 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." Twitter says the change was done in part to encourage people who haven't uploaded a user photo to do so. Apparently, the egg was so "fun and cute" that people were keeping it permanently. The site also noticed that people who only use Twitter to harass others were keeping the egg, creating an "association" between the egg and bad behavior.

The Verge gives Twitter credit for at least recognizing it has a problem with abuse on the platform, though changing the default image from an egg to a gray person-ish thing doesn't really address the meat of the issue. The change has also been unpopular with Twitter users. "i cant [sic] believe they thought the egg was the problem. lmao," a Gizmodo writer tweets. "Twitter has changed all egg avatars to silhouettes of people, ensuring you blame the human race for the abuse rather than innocent birds," a BuzzFeed editor adds. Or as another Twitter user sums it up: "USERS: Nazis are threatening to put me in a gas chamber. TWITTER: heard you loud and clear, no more egg pictures." (Read more Twitter stories.)

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