Where did my Twitter avatar picture go? Where did the egg come from? I was still me in the evening. Damn it.
— Mikko Hypponen (@mikko) September 4, 2013
Is it the worst case of Twitter identity theft ever? On Tuesday, some Twitter users found that their avatars had been swiped and replaced with the all-too-common anonymous egg avatars that everyone begins with.
Twitter acknowledged the problem:
Some avatars are appearing as eggs and users are unable to update profiles. We are working to resolve this. Thank you for your patience!
— Twitter Support (@Support) September 4, 2013
And there was much gnashing of teeth:
why am I an egg? Please put my avatar back.
— Max Joseph (@maxjoseph)
Some of the best accounts on twitter are in @treysat
— Rock Christopher (@RockChristopher)
How strange my avatar disappeared over night!
— Zoe Cairns (@zoe_cairns)
Am I the only one looking like an "EGG" tonight in their Twitter Avatar Picture?
— Pablo Pereira (@PabloWeather) @twitter
Fortunately, as you can see, most of these folks have already gotten their avatars back. According to Twitter, the rest of these poor wretched souls should be able to restore their avis now.