Facebook is Making Huge Changes to Its Users’ Profiles

To keep Facebook relevant, the social media platform is making some pretty huge changers to its users’ profiles.

Facebook will be making five big changes and for a few lucky users, some will be able to test them out today. The expected changes are as follows:

  1. The option to pin Featured Photos to the top of the profile
  2. Temporary profile pics
  3. Easier visibility controls for About info including a new 100 character Bio field
  4. A mobile-centric design with centered profile photos plus big sections for photos and friends
  5. The ability to use a 7-second looping video as your profile pic.

Considering how much Snapchat and GIFs have taken over our lives, we totally see what they’re doing here.

Facebook’s project manager Aigerim Shorman tells describes the new design as a highlighter for “what’s going on in [the user’s] life, what’s important to them now in more expressive ways.”
Facebook GIF changes
Here’s a little breakdown of what you can expect:

Profile Videos

Soon you’ll be able to click on your profile photo and upload a new profile video. You tap the record button and can shoot for up to 7 seconds with sound. The looping video will auto-play without sound (unless clicked) on your profile (similar to an Instagram video) and the feed story about you uploading it. A still cover image you select will appear everywhere else, such as the small thumbnail that appears next to your News Feed stories.

Featured Photos

Now instead of having one featured image, you’ll be able to select up to five. They will appear pinned to a section at the top of your profile. And let’s be honest, who doesn’t love photos?! That’s the biggest reason for all of your friend requests, and you know it.

Facebook New Featured Photos

Temporary Profile Photos

In case you’re interested in promoting a cause of some sort, this new feature will come in handy. It lets you select a profile pic, but have yours revert to your old pic after a set number of hours, days, or weeks.

Visibility Controls & Bio

Facebook is a now adding in-line privacy controls to the big About information fields that appear at the top of your profile. Those set to public will now appear immediately on the profile below your profile pic, rather than buried in the About section. You’ll also be able to describe yourself in words with a new 100-character Bio field.

Temporary FB Profile Pics

Mobile Design

Facebook has built a new mobile design, making profiles more aesthetically pleasing and easier to read. It puts the profile pic and video at the center of the screen.

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