Facebook Adds Video Profile Photos to Mobile App
"Profile videos will let you show a part of yourself you couldn't before, and add a new dimension to your profile," Facebook said.Facebook is adding some fun to its domain: As of Oct. 1, users of the social network can upload a looping video clip in place of a profile photo on its mobile app. Facebook made it clear that members will only be able to upload new profile movies in video format, not in GIF or Vine format. The new feature is being made available first to iPhone users in California and the U.K., but the Menlo Park, Calif.-based company said it plans to release it widely soon. Video format is similar to GIFs and Vines. GIFs (Graphics Interchange Format) are among the most enduring digital image formats, introduced by CompuServe in 1987. They have come into widespread usage on the Web -- generally as videos a few seconds long -- due to their wide support and portability. GIFs also can be static images. Vines are 6-second-long videos first released by the company of the same name, which Twitter acquired in October 2012.
Facebook also enables users to set a temporary profile video that will expire at a selected date and revert to their previous one. Once recorded and uploaded, the new profile videos will move only if someone visits a specific profile. They won't move in newsfeeds -- at least at this early stage.