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Facebook will soon support short videos as profile images

Facebook will soon allow its over 1 billion users to put in a short video as their profile picture that can be seen on their mobile apps. The social network is slowly rolling out this feature, along with other new additions for its profile section.

Facebook stated:

Soon, you'll be able to film a short, looping video clip that will play for anyone who visits your profile. Profile videos will let show a part of yourself you couldn't before, and add a new dimension to your profile.

In addition, people who want to put in a special profile pic that will later go back to their regular image automatically will be able to accomplish this as well:

Want to support your team in the week leading up to the big game, commemorate a special milestone like a birthday or vacation or show off a great #tbt picture? Now you can create a temporary profile picture specifically for those moments and events. 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."

Facebook is also introducing new ways to customize your account 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 will also be bigger when seen on the mobile apps and will be placed in the center of a profile page. In addition, Facebook says:

People love seeing photos and mutual friends when viewing the profiles of friends or someone they've just met, so those are easier to see now on profile. Photos and friends are right at the top, making getting to know someone and seeing the world through your friends' eyes as easy as scrolling.

At the moment, these changes will only be available for a small amount of iPhone users in the UK and California but they will be added to more Facebook users in the near future

Source: Facebook

11 Comments
  • Did I miss something or was this whole commercial done in a IPhone Posted via the Android Central App
  • Says at the end of the article this will only be available for a small amount of iphones, for now. I assume that's why.
  • What about animated gif support? Posted via the Android Central App
  • This could be scary. Posted via the Android Central App
  • Hehe I was thinking same thing....and that old saying is poping in my head. What has been seen can't be unseen Posted via the Android Central App
  • Yeah. MySpace made pages too flashy and then everyone eventually moved to Facebook which had a much cleaner look.
  • A picture wasn't enough to keep a record on us. Now they want video. Beware Big Brother is watching.
  • As this is Facebook, I assume this will be on by default and will take eight hidden steps to disable. Posted via the Android Central App
  • Just another pointless feature to make the app size bigger, its already too big as it is -_- Moto G 3rd Gen 2015 with only 1GB of RAM
    Nexus 7 2013
  • It's funny, yesterday I was thinking they or Twitter should do something like that. I'm a visionary.
  • "Profile pictures will also be bigger when seen on the mobile apps and will be placed in the center of a profile page." Gee thanks, FB, for deciding that what I've chosen - or created - for my cover photo is irrelevant. Nothing can accommodate both a corner and central profile pix. But nevermind - FB is all about MEEE. Posted via the Android Central App