Facebook announces looping videos for profiles

Social networking giant Facebook has allowed users to put up videos as their profile pictures.


“The world has changed since we first introduced profiles in 2004. On News Feed and profiles, we’re seeing people create and view more videos than ever before. Today we’re starting to test the next step in an obvious evolution of profiles: profile videos,” Facebook Product Managers Aigerim Shorman and Tony Hsieh wrote in a blog post.

Facebook, which has over one billion users globally, has started testing the new feature to a small number of iPhone users in UK and California and will roll them out to more people soon, the blog added.

The blog explained that users will be able to film a short, looping video clip that will appear where the profile picture is displayed and will play for anyone who visits the profile.

According to the company, users collectively visit Facebook profiles over four billion times in a day.

“We’re moving your profile picture and video to literally put you front-and-centre on your profile. Profile pictures are now centered, and we’ve made them bigger to give you more real estate to show off what you can do with our new creative tools,” the blog said.

Further, the social networking site claimed that along with this feature, it has also redesigned the mobile profile, putting the profile pictures in the center rather than aligned to the left.

The users also have the option to display their personal information, including education and work history at the top of their profile, along with pinning some of their favourite photos near the top of their page.