Monday, 3 April 2017

Twitter cosmetics | One less egg this Easter

If you joined Twitter over the last 7 years, you're default Twitter profile picture will have been an egg. Twitter says "This was a playful way to reference how eggs hatch into birds that send all the Tweets you see on Twitter!"
Twitter feels that by changing it's default image, it will prompt more self expression.

"How?" I hear you questioning. Well to be honest, I haven't the foggiest idea.

"We noticed that some people kept the egg default profile photo because they thought it was fun and cute."
Errm? If I was looking for 'cute', it would surely be a piggy in wellies?

Twitter also thinks that due to internet trolls not going to the effort of personalising accounts, the egg has become an icon that users associate with trolling and spam, which is unfair to new users who haven't yet personalised their profile.

In my mind, an un-personalised profile will have the same association, no matter what the default image is.

Over the years, Twitter has had many default profile images.
Apparently a lot of thought went in to the direction of the new default image.

Will it encourage more people to update their image? Probably not.

Will a new and more human default image make users less likely to suspect the other user is a troll? Probably not.

Does Twitter feel good because they added something shiny and new for people to talk about? Probably yes.

Well good for you Twitter! When I feel life is lacking, I go buy me shiny new shoes.
You may now stare in awe at your shiny new default.
Now, what was I doing? 
Oh, yeah.

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