They say they changed it for 3 reasons:
- Some people actually liked it and never uploaded their own
- It became associated with trolls
- ok fine
- So people enjoyed it and this is a problem? Not everyone wants to upload their face, they just want a sort of rss feed that twitter provides. Why not have an avatar maker where you can pick shapes and colors, perhaps even brands and teams.
- THIS IS STILL A MAJOR PROBLEM.
Why do I feel like they are only solving for #1 here? Those #2 people are still going to keep their default, and trolls will keep trolling and will make the new default notorious as well.
Yes trolls are annoying as hell, but it's a hard problem to solve. What do you propose?
How do you tell who is a troll?
I'd imagine you could start with the millions of tweets that seem to fly through their non-existent moderation team filters every day.
2) Speaking about new users. One of Twitter conversion goals must be to make users fully setup their account. Make it personalised. The more users invest in the initial setup, the more likely they'll keep using the platform. It does actually makes sense.
What do you mean by 'fully'?
Don't unfollow twitters recommended accounts to follow ;)
Twitter has no idea what they're doing and neither do their users.
whole lot of words to say "we made it gray so people might want to change it."
Intentionally making it ugly might encourage people to change their icons, but it will also make any random search timeline ugly. If anything the default avatar should set a baseline level of quality that should be expected from users uploading their own images.
Also may encourage people to use a "shoulder up" headshot..... if they're not trolls.
I like the 2007 default avatar. I either want to go back to that or back to the time when Twitter let you use
.gifs for your avatar.
At first I thought it's April Fools, but since it's for real, I found a nice avatar to act as a replacement..
I'm just sad that the metaphor of an unhatched egg was lost.
I must admit that I think they did a good job on making the avatar universal and inclusive without looking too awkward or forced.
So weird trying to solve this problem by making the design intentionally crappier.
Their whole network is pretty much designed from the ground up for poorly cobbled together arguments and trolling I don't understand why they keep pretending otherwise. Sounds like they drank their own kool aid too much.