Today, theyre announcing another sweeping change that fails to address the real problem: theyre cracking the egg.
In a long-winded post the service announced they are replacing the default egg with a unisex profile picture resembling a head and shoulders silhouette.
Beginning in 2010, all new accounts started with their default profile pictureas an egg. Since then it has become an integral part of the Twitter brand. Everyone, even non-hardcore Twitter users, know the egg. Even CNN frequently features the egg when theyshow tweetsfrom politicians and other celebrities.
Twitter gave a bunch of reasons forthe switch. Some, like the fact that a more generic profile picture shouldencourage new users to actually uploada real profile picture of themselves, make sense.
But one reason for the switch was related to harassment.
Specifically, Twitter saidthat since abusive accounts often have the egg as a profile picture, there is now an association between the default egg profile photo and negative behavior.
Gee, ya think?
What Twitter isnt understanding is that abusive tweets sent from an egg account will now just be abusive tweets sent from a silhouetteaccount. Switching up the profile picture may be putting a band-aid on theproblem, but it does nothing to fix harassmentin the long run.
An abusivetweet is an abusivetweet, whether its next to an egg, a silhouette or a real persons avatar.
Dont blame the egg, just fix the problem.