Twitter has redesigned its iconic bluebird symbol. The new-look bird will serve as the “universally recognizable symbol of Twitter,” eliminating the the lowercase “T” logo and any other symbols previously used to identify the brand.
“Our new bird grows out of love for ornithology, design within creative constraints, and simple geometry. This bird is crafted purely from three sets of overlapping circles — similar to how your networks, interests and ideas connect and intersect with peers and friends,” Doug Bowman, Twitter’s Creative Director, said in a blog post.
By the way — “ornithology” is the branch of zoology that deals with birds. Don’t even try to pretend you knew that already.
“Whether soaring high above the earth to take in a broad view, or flocking with other birds to achieve a common purpose, a bird in flight is the ultimate representation of freedom, hope and limitless possibility,” the blog post continues.
Jumping back to the subject of new information, here’s something else you may not have known: One definition of the word “twitter” is to utter a succession of small, tremulous sounds, as a bird, while another is to talk lightly and rapidly, especially of trivial matters; chatter. When these definitions are considered, it becomes quite apparent that the brains behind the hugely popular microblogging site were right on the money when naming it and coming up with its bird logo.
Twitter currently has over 175 million registered users, making it the second-largest social networking site on Earth behind Facebook.