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Since: 9.12.01
From: ミネアポリス

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So, the deal is when you first sign on with Twitter, you're given their default "anonymous" avatar until you specify an icon of your own.

Perhaps it looks familiar to you?

This is NOW the OLD one. It's being phased out in favour of this new logo, available in seven flavours (that I could find, anyway):

I'm not sure how they get doled out, or if there's even a pattern or not.

I guess the new ones are better for "brand awareness" - that is, assuming you can associate that bird with the earlier birds 'cause it DOES look a bit different. I think I liked the old one because it got across that microblogging was kinda like an old text chat - even if choosing that particular emoticon wasn't necessarily a decision you could explain right away.

In the end, it is what it always is - change. Change for change's sake? Change for the worse? Pining for the good old days for something so spankin' new as Twitter (although perhaps NOT as spankin' new two years later)?

Just throwin' it out there to see if anybody cares besides me. (Probably not!)

PS Also interesting to see that that old one was 73 pixels by 73 pixels, while all the new ones are 72x72. I wonder how they arrived at 73x73 in the first seems like a weird number to use, mostly because it's prime and doesn't divide by anything so it can't scale so well. (Oddly, Twitter currently scales thumbnails to 73 pixels! I wonder if that'll change soon. I wonder if ANYBODY will notice if they DO change it - me included. The smaller versions are at least 24, which definitely divides into 72 - but not 73. Duh. I'll stop ranting on this because even *I* have stopped caring)

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Since: 2.1.02
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#2 Posted on | Instant Rating: 3.00
I believe this change was implemented by Twitter's Creative Director Douglas Bowman ( as well as the new Twitter front page and default theme.

All changes for the better, I believe.

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Super Shane Spear

Since: 2.1.02
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#3 Posted on | Instant Rating: 5.62
I just changed my twitter picture BACK to the o_0 design.

Can't nobody break MY stride!

You should listen to what I listen to
Mr Heel II
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Since: 25.2.02

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#4 Posted on | Instant Rating: 3.32
I noticed that some of my Twitter followers who had avatar images got switched to the new thingie for some reason. (At least one noticed and can't figure out why.)

Since: 20.6.02

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I like the older one. The new thanks. :)

"I have a feeling that waiting isn't as pointless as it seems. If someone is waiting, that place becomes a place to return to."

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