With 4 billions users logging in monthly, Facebook is challenged with the task of keeping all of them happy with the site. With SnapChat supporting animated selfies and Twitter adding auto play to videos, Facebook is said to roll out several changes that will keep them ahead of their competitors.
Snapchat does not have a profile section and Twitter is mostly short messages, so the Profile section representing each unique user is the salient feature of Facebook – which is why the new changes will be focused on this.
Video Profile Pictures
Seven second looping videos recorded with sound can soon be uploaded as profile pictures. A still image will be seen on feeds and will play without sound when your profile is visited – sounds will play if clicked. This option will make users come alive magically in their profiles. Sample videos from employees show them cracking slow sinister smiles and blowing faces with air.
Timed Profile Pictures
If you use profile pictures to support causes often, you can now time them to revert back to your old picture in set days or hours.
The privacy controls will now reflect on your “About” section soon. The information that you have set to public will not be buried into the sub-sections, but show up right under your profile. Also, a new area for your biography will be available with 100 characters, which you can keep public or set on private for friends only.
Mobile Centric Design
Rather than simply aligning the web design to suit mobiles, Facebook is set to devise a completely mobile-centric design. Photos and videos will now be displayed more prominently to be aesthetically pleasing and will have their section pinned on top.
According to reports, these features are currently available to iPhone users in California and the U.K., but will be available globally soon.
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