Don’t Look Now, but Your Facebook Profile Pic … It’s Moving


Your Facebook profile picture is moving to the middle – but the biggest news from this article might be the ability to post a video profile picture.

The social network is redesigning user profiles beginning Wednesday, and perhaps the biggest change — or the one that promises to be the most entertaining or obnoxious depending on the friend — is that users can now upload a profile video instead of a static photo.

The videos loop, and now appear smack-dab in the middle of the profile page (so do profile photos, if you want to stick with something a little more old school). In either instance, the size of the photo or video is now bigger, and there’s a new place to add a short, public bio right below your profile photo. You can also now set your profile picture temporarily, meaning you can set a timer on your photo so it only displays for a set period of time, like while you are on vacation, for example.

My question to the class: Will you utilize the “video” function when it’s available to you?  Do you think the younger generation will embrace this?


One thought on “Don’t Look Now, but Your Facebook Profile Pic … It’s Moving

  1. I think this is a good idea by Facebook in that it seems to be appealing directly to the sensibilities of a younger generation who might require or expect a degree of interaction/entertainment from their social media which Facebook doesn’t always deliver, depending upon who your friends are. I think it gives greater flexibility and personality to people’s profile pages and will, at least initially, encourage people to revisit the pages of friends who utilize the activity. As of now, for instance, I don’t tend to visit the pages of my friends, rather the feed and the ticker dictate what I’m likely to read or comment on, and only if someone I hadn’t spoken to in awhile says something of note will I maybe visit their page.

    If nothing else, I think this is a good move by Facebook even if it simply functions as a reminder to users and the social media world at large that they continue to innovate and are concerned with user experience.

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