On the social media platform Twitter, what's the name of the bird mascot?
And the answer is: Larry.
It's true: The Twitter logo has a name and it's Larry the Bird. He's named after the former professional basketball player Larry Bird. The co-founder of Twitter grew up in Boston and was a fan of the Boston Celtics basketball team.
As one of the most prominent and longest-running social media platforms around, Twitter continues to contribute to global conversation in an extremely impactful way (see: Donald Trump's latest Tweets). With over 330 million people tweeting each month, a multitude of topics, opinions, memes, and trivia are shared, all falling under the wingspan of the famous blue bird. Twitter's logo has remained synonymous with the platform name and recognizable to most anyone who is familiar with the app. However, many might not be aware that this bird actually has a name and a story.
While the Twitter bird's namesake is an homage to the CEO's favorite team, the Boston Celtics, it could also be read as a hopeful parallel to Larry Bird's success. While Bird (the athlete) won Rookie of the Year in 1980, Twitter showed off its rookie innovation with its 400,000 Tweets per month just a year after its launch. While Bird won a gold medal in 1992 Summer Olympics, Twitter became a platform of update and conversation for competitions some 18 years later. While Bird returned to coach for the NBA in the 90s, Twitter remains a guiding, influential voice for an entire generation.
Though the similarities are could be chalked up to wishful thinking, Larry T Bird remains a beacon signifying conversation and creativity across the globe.
Did you know?
The original Twitter bird (which has since undergone some changes) was purchased from a stock image website for just $15 in 2006. Talk about a good deal!