Facebook started giving users the ability to set temporary profile frames and overlays last year, so they could support a specific cause or sports team – Now you can have a look at all of these and choose yours in one place – and there’s literally hundreds of them!
Every now and then, Facebook allowed users to change the overlay on their profile pics to show their support for a cause. Then, it added sports teams and other causes. N0w you can find and browse through all causes, teams and and other overlays simply by going to this page. You simply pick the category from the drop down menu – as you can see below, I have picked the French “Ligue 1” and Paris S. Germain.
At the moment you can only choose these and not create your own, but I can really see this changing in the future. One particular one on the list caught my eye… Birthday. It’s empty at the moment, but it’s possible that you can change it when it’s actually your birthday. Maybe even add one of the frames that were launched to send a friend a birthday wish video?
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This feature also might be opened up for brands and I actually think it might be a great idea. Maybe a way to show our affiliation with something. When I discussed this with a friend he did disagreed saying that “people would never want to add a branded overlay or frame”. What do you think?
As this story below, that Mark Zuckerberg posted, it seems that profile pic frames have the ability to be used as something a lot more conducive. As he explained
Fans around the world are going to facebook.com/profilepicframes and using a profile frame to show support for their favorite teams. But fans from India and Pakistan are doing something different. Hundreds of thousands of Indian cricket fans are putting the Pakistani frame around their picture. And Pakistani fans are doing the same thing — showing support for India. They’re using the hashtag #ProfilesForPeace.
I agree with Mark when he said that the way the feature was used – differently to what it was designed for – shows “that the more connected we are, the more we realize that what unites us is more important than what divides us.”