For the past seven years, since Twitter came into being, the default profile picture for everyone was an egg. Well seems it was a funy way to connect it with Twitter logo bird, which lays the eggs and the egg hatches to post tweets. Changing the egg, Twitter might have had new thoughts to replace the egg with real human image so that it would encourage people to upload their own pictures to make their accounts customised to a more personalised look.
Twitter gives reasons why they would deviate from their launch profile picture of egg:
* Last year Twitter brought many changes to their designs, bringing in more colour and vibrancy to the personal profile page.
*Twitter claim in their public statement that they noticed most of the users kept the egg profile picture, thinking it to be more cute, and funny, but to check on fake users Twitter wants their users to have their own profile pictures to show the world who they are. The new default image feels more like an empty state or placeholder, and we hope it encourages people to upload images that express themselves.
* Twitter also seem to notice that, few accounts with the default egg profile picture whee accounts of users created only to harass others. and that they often do not take 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.
Twitter explains how they brought the change
Twitter went back through the years, glimpsing through all the default profile picture they had come up, with the aim of creating something unique and funny, which at the same time interests the users.
Taking into consideration the people’s existing expectations, they came up with the few ideas that have to be looked into while thinking about a default profile picture.
Going through a lot of ideas and options, they finally arrived at the final profile picture which inculcates all these traits. Twitter claim they looked into various patterns, shapes, images to come to a conclusion. After the human image was adopted they had to decide on how to bring inclusivity in the picture, while Twitter never had a gender selection option. the clearly noticed that the iconic depiction of a man and a woman only differed in the dressing style.
They had to concentrate more on the shoulder breadth and width to include man and woman together.
Twitter hopes that the new profile picture will encourage everyone to display their own picture as the profile picture on their Twitter handle.