To keep its user base and most importantly user engagement alive that will fuel the future development of the social network through paid advertisement campaigns and community building, Facebook is looking forward to introduce 5 new innovative features to your timelines, soon. Here is their first look for you:
- Profile picture video
- Temporary profile pictures
- Pin featured photos to top of your profile
- Adding visibility controls and About
- Mobile centric new design
Let’s now read about each of the element in detail.
Profile picture video:
Very soon you will be able to upload a video instead of a profile picture. You can tap and record a video of up to 7 seconds with sound, however when playing (in loops) like a .gif file, the video will not play the sound until clicked. A static cover image (small thumb nail) you will select will appear everywhere else. The profile videos will look like the Harry Potter newspaper images, that used to suddenly come alive and are definite to bring in a lot of creativity and life to the social media user’s profiles.
Temporary profile pictures:
The official roll-out of the temporary profile picture option is set to happen soon. This option will let you select a profile picture for a specific period of time. For example, certain number of hours, days or weeks. After that it will automatically revert back to your original profile picture set at the time of setting this temporary picture. This feature will be useful for people who are promoting a cause, like in November 2015, people included an impression of the French flag in their profile pictures as part of supporting the victims of the Paris terrorist attacks.
Pin featured photos on top:
Another big feature that is setup to reach your Facebook time line soon is the featured photos that will appear pinned to the top of your timeline. This feature is designated to let you provide more pictorial information about you to people considering your friend request or whom you have just met and both of you are looking for more clues as to understand each other better by looking at your activities signified in the featured pictures. These featured photos could feature your pets, your after work activities, your family times together or whatever you might think can be essential and important to go into the pinned section.
Adding visibility controls and about:
Facebook is now adding controls in sequence with the ‘About’ information fields that will appear on the top of your profile. The information fields that are set on a public status will instantly appear right below your profile picture rather than remaining buried in the About section. You will also be able to describe yourself in a bio-field in up to 100 words. This personal bio will help people who want to connect with you by giving them a more personal insight about you, as long as you keep this section set at public.
Mobile centric new design:
Last but not the least in this current listing of new elements is the mobile centric design. Facebook is now thinking to roll out a lay out that is friendly to iphone and android app design. Instead of pinning the profile picture at left, it will be featured with a bigger size on the center of your mobile device screen. The main sections that will provide information about your friends and photos will be pinned directly below your profile picture and above the time line.
The mobile centric design is also a smarter way Facebook has used to align its business prospects with the user experience. The more people visit Facebook the more they would want to update about them on the social media, so, with the about section on the top it will get easier for the social media to target people who work in a “manufacturing” business located in “San Diego” for example. By pushing the illustrative areas of about you and your featured pictures, Facebook has given a chance to your friends and more importantly o the advertisers to know their prospects in a much better way than before.