American Basketball great Larry Bird is widely regarded as one of the finest basketball players of all time. But records are not the only thing associated with the former Celtics player. Interestingly, Social media giant Twitter’s logo is inspired by the legendary player. In fact, the logo even has a name: Larry the Bird.
This information gained traction after Twitter’s platform and API manager Ryan Sarver shared a photo of the company’s Creative Director, Doug Bowman, “explaining the evolution of Larry the Bird logo.” If you look around the internet and connect the dots, you can understand the connection of Twitter’s logo and the NBA Legend. Biz Stone, the co-founder of Twitter born in 1974, and graduated high school from Boston. During that time, Larry Bird was setting the league on fire while playing for the Boston Celtics.
Larry Bird was recently seen in Mumbai for the NBA India Games. A 6’9” tall stalwart, Bird helped Boston Celtics win three NBA titles in the 80s. Bird, along with the likes of Michael Jordan, Magic Johnson, took the game to untouched heights. Larry Bird was also part of the USA’s Dream Team in the 1992 Barcelona Olympics. Biz Stone, during his teenage days, watched Bird soar and score three-pointers for fun. Maybe that’s where the inspiration came from.
Larry Bird is not on Twitter though. He’s not someone you can associate with a micro-blogging platform. Larry Bird was a quiet personality, except the time while he was on the court. He was not the one made for flash cams, that would go to Jordan and Magic. Yet, Larry Bird, in his usual cunning way of finding a pass to his teammate, finds himself on Twitter, not as himself, but as the logo.