Facebook to Allow GIFs For Profile Photos


Harry Potter reference, anyone?

Facebook is planning to rollout a new feature that will probably delight Harry Potter fans and nostalgic MySpace users – the use of GIFs as profile photos. Well, not exactly a GIF – Facebook says that users will soon be able to record a short, looping video for their mobile profile photo.

That’s not the only change that the company is adding to profiles – soon users can set a temporary profile photo that reverts to your original photo after a set amount of time, allowing friends, family and co-workers to see at a glance what’s happening with your life. Want to go on vacation without people bothering you with inane questions through the messenger app? Put a big, ON VACATION label on your profile photo to clue everybody in that’ll automatically revert as soon as you get back. Want to show your support for a cause like gay pride? Set them up and put a timer on them so they’ll stay up for a specific amount of time.


Facebook is testing the new feature with select iPhone users in California and the UK, but is eyeing a wider release soon.


John Nieves

John is a veteran technology and gadget journalist with more than 10 years of experience both in print and online. When not writing about technology, he frequently gets lost in the boonies playing soldier.

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