It's broken.  Add a star here:
http://code.google.com/p/twitter-api/issues/detail?id=1158

On Tue, Nov 3, 2009 at 9:54 PM, janole <s...@mobileways.de> wrote:

>
> Would be cool to have this fixed as soon as possible. I'm getting a
> lot of complaints because my mobile client silently discards any
> "oversized" avatars ( > 10kB .)
>
> It's not a good idea to download dozens of > 200 kB avatars if you're
> not on a flatrate mobile data plan ;-) Also, scaling all those avatars
> on the mobile phone takes quite some time ...
>
> @janole
>
> On 3 Nov., 06:25, TCI <ticoconid...@gmail.com> wrote:
> > I am noticing an increase in the number of avatar images which do not
> > get shrinked in the smaller versions. It is most noticeable in the
> > twitter.com homepage as the images load very slowly from top to
> > bottom. How are your clients handling this? In my case I am assuming
> > the shrinking is working and therefore my page load times are being
> > affected.
> >
> > Example:
> >
> >
> http://a3.twimg.com/profile_images/506101471/Copy__2__of_Francesca__4...http://a3.twimg.com/profile_images/506101471/Copy__2__of_Francesca__4...http://a3.twimg.com/profile_images/506101471/Copy__2__of_Francesca__4.
> ..
> >
> > are all the same...

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