If you’re a fan of Harry Potter, there was something uniquely awesome about seeing photos move freely in the film adaptation. Thankfully, technology is finally making it possible for the rest of us. While things like Quidditch or an invisibility cloak may still be out of the question, you will be able to enjoy “moving pictures” courtesy of Facebook, which has recently put a new twist on traditional profile pictures by also allowing 7-second looping videos to be used.
In a move to embrace changing technology while remaining ahead of the pack, Facebook released their own comments about the changed via a blog explaining, “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.”
Added Product Managers Aigerim Shorman and Tony Hsieh, “Profile pictures are not just static portraits. They represent what’s going on in your life right now and what’s important to you and we want to give people the tools to better express themselves in this way.”
But that’s not all. Developers have also added the ability to temporarily change profile pictures for those looking to support or display a specific cause for a limited time, after which it will revert back to the original image.
According to Facebook, “People visit Facebook profiles more than four billion times per day, and we’re continually looking for ways to make profiles the best place for people to curate their online identities and connect with others.” They added, “The most significant update for profiles is easily that your photo no longer has to be a photo at all—now, you can have a profile video. “You’ll be able to film a short, looping video clip that will play for anyone who visits your profile,”