Twitter’s Egg Default Profile Picture Replaced With Gender-Balanced Figure
Twitter’s egg default profile picture, has over the year, become an integral part of the experience and a large number of people can relate. But as they say, all good things come to an end. The micro-blogging website has announced plans to do away with this iconic egg avatar for something more gender-balanced to help prompt more self-expression.
With the new gender-balanced figure, the aim is to allow users upload images that better express themselves and while the egg had been fun and popular among users, the need for change arose when it gradually became associated with negative behaviour.
Also, Twitter is continuing with efforts to make it easier to for users to communicate in 140 characters. Users will now be able to reply to individuals or multiple people in a tweet, without the usernames counting as part of the 140-character limit. This update is already rolling out to the Web (twitter.com), mobile apps and TweetDeck.
Sometime last year (September 2016); pools, photos, videos and quoted tweets began to be excluded from being counted as part of the 140-character limit.