There is a continuous debate on whether change is for better or worse. In the cases of some of your favorite social media platforms (Twitter & Instagram), it is definitely for the better! These social platforms are constantly creating new features and updates for users to keep their users active on the platform.
So how are these social media platforms changing? Twitter is cleaning house when it comes to default user profile photos. For years now, there has been no change to the default profile picture… BUT, that is now old news. While Twitter is working towards becoming universally inclusive, Instagram is running from FTC fines. Instagram’s new update increases the transparency about advertisements that has been needed for a while.
How is Twitter Becoming Universally Inclusive?
Twitter has been going back and forth on what the best default profile picture is for their users. The egg shape default for the last few years, which symbolized a hatching bird, did not allow Twitter the flexibility they wanted for their users to be able to express themselves. This is why they have gone for this new “empty state.”
First, they flipped through the past to see what worked and didn’t work with different profile picture defaults. This gave them the ability to compile a list of traits they wanted for the new default profile picture:
The next step was exploring what colors, shapes, and figures would work best and indicate the profile picture being temporary. Looking at different figures, photos, and patterns, they were able to determine how to bring inclusivity into one single default profile photo. Making it a square frame, neutral gendered figure, and neutrally colored.