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Goodbye, Twitter egg (we won’t miss you)

Back in 2010, Twitter started representing new users who hadn’t yet uploaded a profile picture with a picture of an egg. It was cute at the time. But culturally, the egg came to represent the worst of Twitter: trolls and bots. Rather than try to repair the egg’s reputation, Twitter is replacing it with a … Continue reading “Goodbye, Twitter egg (we won’t miss you)”

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Back in 2010, Twitter started representing new users who hadn’t yet uploaded a profile picture with a picture of an egg. It was cute at the time. But culturally, the egg came to represent the worst of Twitter: trolls and bots.

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Rather than try to repair the egg’s reputation, Twitter is replacing it with a new image of a human silhouette that’s intended to feel like something that good citizens will want to quickly replace. For Co.Design, I spoke with the company’s designers about the surprisingly tricky challenge behind their new design.

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Harry McCracken is the technology editor for Fast Company, based in San Francisco. In past lives, he was editor at large for Time magazine, founder and editor of Technologizer, and editor of PC World.

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