An iconic image is vanishing from the internet.
On Twitter, communications from users with eggs as their profile images usually brought a sense of dread. As the default avatar, it often signaled disposable accounts used by trolls. Some users, however, liked how it looked, but they got lumped in with trolls even if they meant well. The egg became infamous, especially as the platform’s problems with enforcing its harassment policies grew, and just cast a negative light on Twitter in general.
So the egg is gone, according to a new Twitter blog post. Officially, three reasons were given:
- “highlight […] the diversity and expressiveness” of users and “help prompt more self-expression.”
- A realization that the default image needs to more obviously be a placeholder.
- This one here should be quoted in its entirety: “We’ve noticed patterns of behavior with accounts that are created only to harass others – often they don’t take the time to personalize their accounts. This has created an association between the default egg profile photo and negative behavior, which isn’t fair to people who are still new to Twitter and haven’t yet personalized their profile photo.”
The result? This:
— Joel Pavelski (@joelcifer) March 31, 2017
It wasn’t long before there were plenty of jokes about the new default image:
James Comey looks great in his new Twitter profile pic. pic.twitter.com/w3hKEWEKeq
— Joe Bel Bruno (@JoeBelBruno) March 31, 2017
[image via Shutterstock]
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