Social network to allow video loops to be used as profile pictures


Facebook is to allow people to use animated pictures as their profile shot for the first time.

The new feature is part of an overhaul of the mobile profiles the social network announced today.

It says people visit Facebook profiles more than four billion times per day.

‘We’re continually looking for ways to make profiles the best place for people to curate their online identities and connect with others,’ wrote Aigerim Shorman and Tony Hsieh, Product Managers at the Social network.

‘The world has changed since we first introduced profiles in 2004.

‘On News Feed and profiles, we’re seeing people create and view more videos than ever before.

‘Soon, you’ll be able to film a short, looping video clip that will play for anyone who visits your profile.

The firm said the changes were inspired by its Celebrate Pride feature.

‘When more than 26 million people used our Celebrate Pride filter, it was more apparent than ever that people use their profile picture to show who they are— even if it’s just for a moment in time.

‘Profile pictures are not just static portraits.

‘They represent what’s going in your life right now and what’s important to you, and we want to give people the tools to better express themselves in this way.’

Facebook will also let people set a temporary version of your profile picture that reverts back to your previous profile picture at a specified time, design to let people celebrate their birthday or a holiday.

‘It can be a visual status update to let your friends know what’s going on in your life today, or it can be your statement of solidarity for a cause you feel strongly about.’

There is also a new customizable space at the top of your profile.

You can curate this space— and convey what you want people to know about you— by changing the visibility of the fields that show up here.

‘You can also fill out the new, one-line ‘Bio’ field: select certain public About fields like work and education details to appear there; and even visually highlight what’s important to you by choosing up to five Featured Photos to be showcased at the top of your profile.

‘While this space is visible to anyone who visits your profile, you have full control of what information appears here.’

Profile pictures are also now centered, and Facebook has made them bigger to give you more real estate to show off what you can do with our new creative tools.

‘We’re starting to test all of these features to a small number of iPhone users in the UK and California, and we’ll be rolling them out to more people soon, it said.


  1. This would be a good move but as we have seen in earlier decades that those are not going to be promoted further just because of the disinterest of the govt. bodies, still there is a need to get over such piece of ideas.

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