Design

Twitter just killed the default ‘egg’ profile photo

Twitter just lost what is arguably its most iconic feature: the egg avatar. Since 2010, when you signed up for Twitter, the default photo was an egg, meant to "reference how eggs hatch into birds." Cute. Over the past seven years though, the meaning of the ubiquitous Twitter egg has spun out of the company's control. As anyone who spends time on Twitter knows, the accounts with egg avatars are often the worst offenders. Harassers and bots tend to prefer…

Mobile

Twitter to stop counting photos and links in 140-character limit, report says

Soon you'll be able to tweet a photo or link without it counting against your 140-character count, Bloomberg says. Links might not count soon in your tweet character count. Someone "familiar with the matter" told Bloomberg that Twitter is planning to make the change in as soon as two weeks. However, nothing has been officially confirmed by the company. URL links, including ones to images, currentlytake 23 characters off a tweet's character count. We reached out to Twitter for more…

Online

Twitter officially replaces favorites with likes

Twitter's "favorite" button, the service's primary way for users to signal agreement, acknowledgement, laughter, support, and occasionally (and perversely!) utter hatred, is officially dead. The company said today that it is replacing favorites with "likes," to be represented in its apps and on the web by red heart icons. The changes, which also apply to Twitter-owned Vine, represent the company's latest effort to simplify the user experience as it looks to attract new users. "We want to make Twitter easier…

Technology

More ads and timeline tweaks: 4 must-know facts from Twitter’s Q3 earnings

Twitter is a public company now, which means it’s beholden to shareholders who may not use or even understand the service. Those shareholders get scared by numbers that don’t mean much to the average Twitter user, like monthly actives and ad revenue per timeline view. The social network reported its third-quarter earnings on Monday, and at first glance, everything looks great. Twitter is definitely making money: The company pulled in $361 million, up 114 percent year-over-year. Ad revenue is up. Timeline…