Twitter Eggs are passe now, at least in looks?

In a major update spree, Twitter has announced the removal of Twitter Eggs as the default profile photo for new accounts. This update comes shortly after Twitter’s removal of usernames of reply tweets to allow more space for message.

Starting today, new accounts on Twitter and all the old accounts with the default egg heads will now change to the current default human silhouette.

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Twitter says, in a blog post, that they considered adding various kinds of avatars, and even considered adding line patterns as default profile photos, and that they settled for this one as it makes things look more prominent and relevant.

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. This has created an association between the default egg profile photo and negative behavior, which isn’t fair to people who are still new to Twitter and haven’t yet personalized their profile photo.

With this update, users are most likely to add their own photo to the account, to enable a personal touch and should possibly keep out the assumption that people with default photos are mostly trolls. There are quite few who make genuine contributions to the network too, and not necessarily trolls. What happens eventually will be known in the coming days though.

While this is a great choice, I personally feel that social networks should add support for Gravatar after all and enables easier avatar management. What do you think? Via.