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Facebook now allows people to use loop videos as their profile picture

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The new features is part of an overhaul of the mobile profiles the social network announced today.

It say people visit people visit Facebook profiles more than four billion times per day.

Facebook is to allow people to use animated pictures as their profile shot for the first time. The new features is part of an overhaul of the mobile profiles the social network announced today.

‘We’re continually looking for ways to make profiles the best place for people to curate their online identities and connect with others,’ wrote Aigerim Shorman and Tony Hsieh, Product Managers at the Social network.

‘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.

‘Soon, you’ll be able to film a short, looping video clip that will play for anyone who visits your profile.

The firm said the changes were inspired by its Celebrate Pride feature.

‘When more than 26 million people used our Celebrate Pride filter, it was more apparent than ever that people use their profile picture to show who they are— even if it’s just for a moment in time.

‘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.’

Facebook will also let people set a temporary version of your profile picture that reverts back to your previous profile picture at a specified time, design to let people celebrate their birthday or a holiday.

‘It can be a visual status update to let your friends know what’s going on in your life today, or it can be your statement of solidarity for a cause you feel strongly about.’

There is also a new customizable space at the top of your profile.

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Facebook will also let people set a temporary version of your profile picture that reverts back to your previous profile picture at a specified time, design to let people celebrate their birthday or a holiday.

You can curate this space— and convey what you want people to know about you— by changing the visibility of the fields that show up here.

‘You can also fill out the new, one-line ‘Bio’ field: select certain public About fields like work and education details to appear there; and even visually highlight what’s important to you by choosing up to five Featured Photos to be showcased at the top of your profile.

‘While this space is visible to anyone who visits your profile, you have full control of what information appears here.’

Profile pictures are also now centered, and Facebook has made them bigger to give you more real estate to show off what you can do with our new creative tools.

‘We’re starting to test all of these features to a small number of iPhone users in the UK and California, and we’ll be rolling them out to more people soon, it said.

Profile pictures are also now centered, and Facebook has made them bigger to give you more real estate to show off what you can do with our new creative tools.

Profile pictures are also now centered, and Facebook has made them bigger to give you more real estate to show off what you can do with our new creative tools.

Earlier this week Facebook has apologised to its 1.5 billion users after the social networking site crashed and was unavailable for around 40 minutes last night due to a ‘configuration issue’.

It is the third time in a month the site has gone down, sparking an angry reaction from some users.

The company saw its share price dip by around four per cent as a result of the problems.

Facebook, which has 1.23 billion monthly users, displayed an error message to those trying to log on Monday

Facebook, which has 1.23 billion monthly users, displayed an error message to those trying to log on Monday

A spokesman for Facebook said:  ‘We apologize to those who have been inconvenienced.’

Users attempting to log on to their accounts at around 8pm BST (3pm ET) were greeted with an error message that said: ‘Sorry, something went wrong. We’re working on it and we’ll get it fixed as soon as we can.’

Millions of users around the world are reported to have been affected, although Facebook’s messaging services were not hit by the problems.

Many frustrated users used Twitter to express their displeasure at being unable to log on, but most took a more lighthearted approach, with the outage sparking hilarious messages.

One London police force – Kingston Metropolitan Police – urged distressed users not to call them about the problem in a jokey message.

Other users suggested it perhaps provided an opportunity to talk face-to-face rather than online.

Kingston Police in London urged members of the public not to call them if they were distressed by the loss of access to Facebook in a comedy tweet (pictured). The service was down for around 40 minutes on Monday

Kingston Police in London urged members of the public not to call them if they were distressed by the loss of access to Facebook in a comedy tweet (pictured). The service was down for around 40 minutes on Monday

Facebook went down again today for the third time this month. The site crashed for between 35-40 minutes of outage at 3pm ET (7PM GMT) - although some users are reporting that it's now back online

Facebook went down again today for the third time this month. The site crashed for between 35-40 minutes of outage at 3pm ET (7PM GMT) – although some users are reporting that it’s now back online

The outage follows a similar crash on Thursday, which lasted 12 minutes, and caused those affected to go into a collective meltdown.

Another outage took place on September 17 and last around five minutes.

The hashtag #facebookdown trended on Twitter during the latest problems.

One comedy account wrote: ‘FB users are roaming the streets in tears, shoving pictures of themselves in other people’s faces yelling ‘DO YOU LIKE THIS?!’

The cause of the problem is unknown, and Facebook has not yet responded to DailyMail.com for comment

The cause of the problem is unknown, and Facebook has not yet responded to DailyMail.com for comment

#facebookdown began trending on Twitter shortly after the outage, which is the third in less than two weeks

#facebookdown began trending on Twitter shortly after the outage, which is the third in less than two weeks

The problems are thought to have occurred due to recent updates being made to the Facebook service. A spokesman for the company said it was due to a ‘configuration issue’.

Founder Mark Zuckerberg once said: ‘Move fast and break things. Unless you are breaking stuff, you are not moving fast enough.’

It is the latest in a number of recent problems to hit Facebook after the site suffered a major crash in January when hackers from online group Lizard Squad claimed they shut down the site.

The site, which also owns Instagram, denied they were hacked at the time and blamed the outage on ‘a change that affected our configuration systems’.

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Jake Burns wrote, 'I face no other option but to head to the streets, holding a pic of my frappachina and shout in people face, DO U LIKE IT??'

Jake Burns wrote, ‘I face no other option but to head to the streets, holding a pic of my frappachina and shout in people face, DO U LIKE IT??’

'Take out your pen and papers, I'll fetch the carrier pigeons, ' said Monica Karpinski

‘Take out your pen and papers, I’ll fetch the carrier pigeons, ‘ said Monica Karpinski

The world had a collective meltdown last week when Facebook shut down for 12 minutes. The hashtag #facebookdown immediately started trending on Twitter, which remained operational

The world had a collective meltdown last week when Facebook shut down for 12 minutes. The hashtag #facebookdown immediately started trending on Twitter, which remained operational

During the difficult few minutes, millions of people all over the world were unable to log on - and many took to Twitter to express their distress

During the difficult few minutes, millions of people all over the world were unable to log on – and many took to Twitter to express their distress

 

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