Facebook will be soon introducing five new features for user profiles: the ability to pin photos at the top of your profile; temporary profile pictures; a new 100 character bio box; a new design for the phone app with central profile picture and bigger sections for friends and photos; the option to use 7 second videos as profile picture.
All of these features will being to roll out in a couple of days for most users. They were rolled out for some users.
The most exciting addition is, obviously, the 7 second video option. You can basically upload any video you recorded and use it as your profile “picture.” The video will automatically loop and the curious users who click on it will be able to hear its sound as well.
Aigerim Shorman, Facebook product manager, said that earlier this year when people at the company were having a brainstorm, someone at the company told him that a young’s engineer’s Facebook beta account fascinated him. When Shorman visited this engineer’s desk he observed that his profile picture was moving and thought that this would be a great way of allowing the community to express itself in new ways.
Shorman said that this new function will make your profile more personal and vivid than ever before, and that you will get to know all users better once the feature rolls out. So far, a couple of Facebook employees uploaded videos as profile pictures. The feature reminds us of the animated newspapers from the Harry Potter movie franchise. Shorman hopes that the new feature will enable a lot of creativity from the 1.5 billion monthly active users of the social media site.
One thing is for sure, Facebook will be more captivating and addicting than ever thanks to the visually enhanced design. Since other sites are catching up with Facebook by adding auto-play functions on videos (Twitter), or profile gifs (snapchat), Facebook officials knew it was time for a couple of changes in order to make sure they are still dominating the game.
After the recent update of their Notes feature, Facebook wants to make sure that not only your posts can be customized to the last detail, but your profile as well. Indeed, now it will be much easier to access one’s about me section.
Shorman said that, currently, Facebook’s simple yet incredible design is more than capable of finding a continuous user base by itself. All that is left for the company to do is to make sure that each section is designed in such ways that it allows users to express what is most important to them.
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