Facebook on Wednesday roll out new features and controls for users profile picture. Facebook users now can upload a profile video instead of a static photo. Users can use a 7 Seconds looping video as their profile photo which is like a GIF image.
Facebook product managers, Aigerim Shorman and Tony Hsieh, wrote in a blog post on Wednesday. “Profile videos will let show a part of yourself you couldn’t before, and add a new dimension to your profile.”
Facebook also introduced a new feature that will let people to set a profile picture for a limited time that will revert back to your previous image at a specified time. Facebook said users could opt for this in order to show support for favorite sports team of a game and to commemorate special occasions.
Facebook also allows to their users to customize their profile to showcase personal information at the top such as education and work history. Also a featured photos section that allows users to show their favorite images near the top of their account page.
Facebook has also made a changes in mobile app view putting the profile pictures in the center rather than to the left.
Facebook is currently rolling these new features to small groups of users in California and the U.K and will be rolled out to globally soon. Only iOS users can upload profile videos from an iOS device, Android users might also be able to upload profile videos very soon.
The idea behind this new features might be to keep users fresh and interesting as Facebook said people visit profiles four billion times everyday.