Among those options was a filter that screened out newly created accounts, the ones most likely to sport the egg pic; and a filter to just screen anyone sporting the default pic, regardless of how old their account was. "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", Twitter explained in its announcement. "We explored gray, generic images to communicate that this profile photo is meant to be temporary", it says.
"For the past seven years, everyone who has created an account on Twitter starts out with their default profile photo as an egg", the statement said.
The new change doesn't address online harassment, but instead encourages new users to distance themselves from the harassers.
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It also comes in a darker shade accompanying a a figure with a thicker head and body for those who are visually impaired.
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Even if Twitter's new avatar does succeed in compelling the lazier denizens of Twitter to finally upload a picture, it's unlikely that it will alter the presence of throwaway accounts and career agitators who make up the racist egg population.
Twitter's reasons for the change included the need "to prompt more self-expression", and to encourage more people to upload their own photos. We've come to accept a generic round head without a dress-shaped body to be explicitly male (think of bathroom signs), so Twitter messed around with the head and body shape to not imply any specific gender. The shoulder width, the overall height, and the head shape were adjusted, making it unclear what the figure's gender is.
Above: Twitter ditches its defaulf egg profile picture for something less expressive.
Yesterday, Twitter confused us all with some odd changes to the way replies work, but that new system is not almost as weird as the way they've chose to tackle harassment from "egg" accounts.
The egg photo was one of the last original features left from the original Twitter platform. In other words, enough of the fluff - we need real change, Twitter.