Before “Larry the Bird”, Twitter considered using “The Bird” – that obscene hand gesture – for its logo.
“And who is Larry?” you ask? “Larry the Bird” is actually the world-famous Twitter bird, an obvious play on the name of the basketball superstar.
In the images of what could be the early stages of the Twitter logo, you’ll see a multitude of ideas – including “The Bird” drawn on brown paper towels.
However, “The Bird” isn’t the only logo idea to stand out among the bunch. There is a logo consisting of two hands forming a bird. There is a bird with hands as wings. There is a bird that incorporates four hands.
There is a bird that appears to be smoking a cigarette and also a bird that has hair and is wearing sunglasses. You’ll also notice that the design team, if these photos are real, contemplated using the “@” sign for the Twitter logo.
Here are the photos:
And those wondering if the site’s bird is really named “Larry the Bird”, here are tweets from Twitter’s Ryan Sarver and from the Twitter Twitter account itself.
— Ryan Sarver (@rsarver) February 27, 2012
— Twitter (@twitter) March 2, 2011