Wave goodbye to the anonymous Twitter egg


"(To reply to users on Twitter, you used to type the "@" symbol before their display name.) Or rather, it wasn't really ditched so much as it was overhauled and minimized.

Tweeple are evidently not happy that the well-loved egg avatar, which has for seven years now been the default profile photo, is going to change.

While acknowledging that some users kept the egg because they thought it was fun and cute, Twitter said its anonymity had a darker side. The company said it was time for something that would encourage people to upload their own photos for personal expression.

Refreshing their brand and changing the default profile photo to help prompt more self-expression.

The website, has been trolled on several social media platforms, and this initiative is also part of Twitter's strategy. It was important to explore alternate head shapes, masculinity. However, we need individuals to utilize this space to show us their identity, as stated by Twitter Design group in a blog entry.

Since those inflicting online abuse often try to mask their identity, it became common to see that Twitter harassers had failed to replace their default image with their own profile picture.

Since 2010, the default avatar on Twitter has been an egg.

Twitter's new profile photograph was picked after the organization inspected the majority of Twitter's default profile pictures consistently. After settling on a simple human figure, they tweaked the circular head, broad shoulders and height to make it more oblong, less "masculine" and more "gender-balanced".

"Twitter says egg avatars were being associated w/harassment".

When users now sign up to the platform, they will be greeted with a gender-neutral figure as their profile photo. In an effort to combat trolls and harassment, Twitter unveiled a new set of safety features in February, including preventing blocked users from creating new accounts and a notification filter flagging users with a default avatar.