Facebook Is Introducing Profile Videos Instead Of Profile Pictures

Fan of Snapchat, are you, Facebook?


Hold up. Facebook is about to make some seriously big adjustments to its mobile layout and it could change the way we use the whole darn thing. You KNOW how we feel about change, Mark Zuckerberg.



The world's leading social networking site is apparently in the process of creating the option to have profile videos as opposed to profile pictures, as well as introducing a new 'temporary profile picture' feature, in a move that seems suspiciously similar to Snapchat.

Hey, remember that time Facebook tried to buy Snapchat but the company's owner Evan Spiegel said no? Just a thought.

Facebook have released a video explaining all the new changes, which can be viewed here, but this is more-or-less the lowdown:


Profile videos

Zuckerberg and co believe that "your Facebook profile should be the best way to express yourself, so we're making it easier to showcase the you that matters most to you."

By allowing users to upload a video up to seven seconds in length, you can "give your friends a taste of your creativity". Which is a fair point. I mean, we all love to Snapchat.

Temporary profile pictures

This feature allows mobile users to upload a picture which they can then schedule to be taken down at any designated time. The time-lengths range between anything from one hour, to one week, or a custom time-frame. We reckon this could be handy if you wanted to support the LGBT Pride movement as many did earlier this year, for example, by changing your profile picture to have a rainbow flag filter for a certain length of time. Now, you could tell Facebook exactly when to switch it back to its pre-filter state. Clever, innit?

This one is "to let people know what you're all about in the moment," according to the video. Which is evidently very important in this day and age

New layout

The updated profile layout can be adapted to feature your best photographs, for example, at the top "to make sure everyone will see your best side". Making it the "perfect place to make the perfect first impression" (or to make your life seem even more unrealistically perfect, perhaps, which was kind of the beauty of tagged photos).

So there you go. Those are just some of the upcoming features we can soon expect to see on our mobile Facebook apps. They're currently being trialled by Facebook employees, apparently, but knowing how speedily they work over there in Silicon Valley, we doubt it'll be too long before those profile videos are in our grip, and we'll be filming ourselves pulling stupid faces in no time at all.

Words: Catriona Harvey-Jenner

From: Cosmpolitan

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