Facebook recently announced that it will remove profile videos entirely across the platform, reports Matt Navarre.
Profile videos are one of the coolest additions to the interface that Facebook has added lately. Maybe the reason they appeal to me is that they remind me a lot of the animated photographs of Harry Potter; I’ve always been a big fan. Anyway, videos also seem like the next natural genesis for profile pictures, right? It’s an idea that allows for more personal expression from users, which, after all, is exactly what profile pictures are. At a glance, people can identify what you do and see you at your best! I can see why Facebook seemed so drawn to the idea, and they’re not alone either. LinkedIn has also integrated profile videos into its interface, although I expect users to look a little more professional in these.
However, with every good addition to the interface, there must be some amount of baggage associated with it. For Facebook, it boiled down to a very long interface caused by the effort required to upload a video to the platform. The social network application is already evolving at a relatively slow pace, and the videos appearing with each new publication have certainly not helped matters. The other issue with profile videos is that of quality. Videos and photos on Facebook always lose a bit of quality when uploaded, and profile videos are certainly no exception. Therefore, the tradeoff for laggy videos that take a long time to load with an end result that’s mostly a bit pixelated doesn’t really make sense. Maybe I read too much on the matter, and Facebook has another ulterior motive. Maybe profile videos don’t perform as well on the platform as expected.
Whatever the reason, Facebook has decided to stop posting profile videos. From February 7, as specified in a pop-up notification on the platform, users will no longer be able to upload anything other than photos. For users who have uploaded videos before, a default thumbnail of said video will end up being used as their profile picture instead. Sure, until users choose to upload another beautiful photo of themselves at the beach wearing sunglasses instead. Accompanied by a caption taken from Google’s first inspirational quote.
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