Changes are coming to Facebook. No, you won’t be paying for the service, but you will be able to change your static profile photo to a “short, looping video,” which Facebook is calling a “profile video” (a la Apple’s “live photos”) that will play when people visit your profile either on mobile or desktop. So like a GIF, right?Yes and no. Allow us to explain.
Facebook announced the new feature as one of the many mobile changes saying, “Profile videos will let show a part of yourself you couldn’t before, and add a new dimension to your profile.” Yes, these moving images can be compared to GIFs, however one can’t upload an actual GIF and set it as their profile video.
There’s also temporary profile photos now! With this users can set a time limit on profile photos they may be posting for a certain occasion, like the “I Stand With Planned Parenthood” pink filtered profiles circling social media at the moment. After the photo’s time is up your profile photo will revert to your previous profile photo. Last but not least, the Facebook mobile profile has been redesigned to look sleeker. Users can pick and choose which information they want to be visible, they can now add a pithy one line bio, and if they’d like, five “featured photos” for all to see.