Things are about to get a little more animated on your Facebook feed.
On Wednesday (Sept. 30), Facebook announced its plans to introduce a looping video option for profile pictures on its mobile application, along with a temporary profile pic option that'll allow users to change his or her image for a set period of time -- an hour, a day, a week, e.g.
The new design will allow mobile users to upload a short video of themselves to sub for the oh-so-yawn still-life imagery box which has been standard since Facebook's 2004 inception.
In a statement, Facebook explained its choice of improvement by noting that "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."
"Profile videos will let [you] show a part of yourself you couldn't before, and add a new dimension to your profile," the company said. "Profile pictures are not just static portraits. They represent what’s going 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."
Those profile pics/videos, BTW, will be relocated to a "front-and-center" position as well.
In addition to the video roll-out option for mobile profiles, Facebook will also allow users to customize what information and images show up on their top-page, including the choice of which pictures are featured in the profile photo box (which currently houses your most recently tagged images) and which bits of the "About" info are displayed on your profile.
Meanwhile, when you make "friends" with someone new, your mutual friends and their shared pics will be automatically featured on their profile to, according to Facebook, "mak[e] getting to know someone and seeing the world through your friends' eyes as easy as scrolling."
These new features are being tested on select iPhone users in the U.K. and California, but Facebook intends to spread the offering wide "soon."
"We believe these improvements to profile will give people more ways to connect and share with each other, and express themselves in meaningful ways. We can’t wait to see how people use them," said Facebook.