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where birds live happily ever after and simple design brings people togetherYears back, when we got up the first version of the current site, and when this kind of Robin Hood-ism was applauded, we felt a homegrown Twitter bird would represent us best. It was organic, friendly, and utterly pink. It landed in the sidebar, and spread, across the years, to our team list on our Twitter backgrounds, our presentation footers, and wherenot. Suffice to say, we don't really notice it anymore, so I haven't got the vaguest idea whether it's loved these days, and happy. Worst case, it'd make one tasty soup ;)
I've only remembered the poor thing when Twitter revamped its resident bird and I noticed that it was made of circles, its beak pointed to the sun, its wing reaching for the sky. Our old homegrown bird was made of circles, too, its beak pointed in a similar direction. Ignoring the homey extras (eye, feet) we pretty much felt, a while back, that a good bird was to be inviting and jolly.
The major difference is in how we treated the wings, starting from the very decision of showing both of them. A semi-profile bird instead of the original profile bird, a certain shape, a certain call in that pair of hot chicken wings: GATHER 'ROUND. Turns out it represents us still, and what we have to say, and it has done a great job so far. Please give the bird some love and gather 'round us on @metabroadcast, @mb_atlas, @mb_voila and, if you're one of the launch/ trial partners, currently protected @mb_leaf and @mb_engage. Fly right!