Facebook to Let You Put Up Live Profile Pictures

October 6, 2015, By Sanjeev Ramachandran

The tiny little box on your Facebook Timeline is coming to life. Following the trends elsewhere, Facebook has now decided to let users display live pictures, or as they call profile videos.

Short-life videos can now be looped to form your display picture in Facebook, and each loop will have a life of around seven seconds, or shorter depending on your video.

As per Facebook product managers Algerim Shorman and Tony Hsieh, the new move has been introduced to be highlighted as a ‘visual status update’.


It simply means that people could put up profile videos to reflect what’s around visually, or to show a support for any event, or even to visually express a joyous holiday mood.

Whether or not the users will conceive it the same way still needs to be seen. GIFs and live display pictures in other apps have always been predominant with lively images that are mostly not related with what Facebook have mentioned.

And just like how anticipated we are to test with the new profile videos, Facebook also seems to be in a rush to have it tested.

The feature is currently being rolled out to some of the users in the US on a test basis. It’s been designed to work with only smartphones, or rather precisely on iOS. Although not possible to edit, profile videos can still be viewed on web edition.

Besides adding life to your profile pictures, Facebook has also shifted the position of your pictures on your Timeline to the center, yet again only on the smartphone version.

Android users will still have to wait for the feature to arrive in their devices. But looking at the pace at which they have rolled it out for iOS, we hope that wait won’t be a long one.

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