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Facebook Adds Video Profile Pictures

Facebook Adds Video Profile Pictures
On Wednesday, Facebook announced several new changes for user profiles including 7 second profile videos.

"People visit Facebook profiles more than four billion times per day, and we're continually looking for ways to make profiles the best place for people to curate their online identities and connect with others," said Facebook product managers Aigerim Shorman and Tony Hsieh. To achieve this, Facebook has unveiled some major changes to user profiles including what it calls "the next step in an obvious evolution of profiles." This next step is a GIF-like, 7 second video clip that plays on a loop in place of a still profile picture. "Profile videos will let show a part of yourself you couldn't before, and add a new dimension to your profile," explained the product managers. "We're not ignoring profile pictures either; we've also built some new features that will help you better let your personality shine through your profile picture." Facebook is adding the option to set a temporary version of profile pictures that comes with a set expiration date. After this time is up, your profile reverts back to the previous profile picture. In addition to these new profile features, Facebook announced some design changes for mobile profiles including front-and-center profile pictures.

While Facebook officially announced these new profile changes, the features are still in testing. Initially, the new changes will be limited to a small group of iPhone users in the United Kingdom and California. Facebook promises to start "rolling them out to more people soon" but did not give a timeframe for the official launch of the new features.

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