In news that likely won’t have a major impact, though may require manual intervention from some users, Facebook has announced that it’s removing video profile images as of February 7th, with people who currently have a video profile image being reverted back to a still picture instead.
As you can see in this notification, posted by user Andrew Curry (and shared by Matt Navarra), Facebook is doing away with profile videos entirely, which it had once hoped would be a more fun, more engaging way to bring user profiles to life in the app.
Originally launched in 2015, profile videos enable users to upload a 7-second video clip, which then loops on repeat, adding an animated, engaging element to their Facebook presence.
It hasn’t been a highly used feature, but some people have been able to create interesting, even entertaining profile video clips, which adds to the personality of their profile.
But clearly, support of the option is outweighing user value. Facebook stopped users from uploading profile videos sometime last year, and now, it’s removing the functionality entirely, which, as per the above notification, will mean that people currently using profile videos will need to switch to a still image, or Facebook will revert them to their video cover image (i.e. what you currently see for that profile in the News Feed) as the main profile display.
It’s not a major shift, and again, I doubt it will impact many users, nor that many people will care. But if you do have a video profile image, prepare to say goodbye to your clever, 7-second clip that encapsulated your ‘crazy’ personality.
Because really, those were probably the people who used it most, right? The zany types who are keen to stand out, by posting videos of themselves blowing bubbles or waving at the camera like a game show contestant in the intro sequence.
For these users, it could be an annoyance, but given the breadth of tools you now have to express yourself in social apps, I doubt the change will have a big impact.
Twitter Launches New ‘Twitter Create’ Mini-Site to Highlight Monetization Opportunities for Creators
Creators are the new currency for social media networks, with every platform now working to sweeten its deal in order to keep the top creative talent posting to their apps, and keep their fans coming back to check in on the latest.
And today, Twitter’s taking its latest step in working to boost its creator appeal, with the launch of a new Twitter Create mini-site, which will host a range of tips, insights and examples designed to help creators maximize their Twitter presence.
Notice anything different around here? Twitter Media is now Twitter Create. Same great content, with a brand new look. pic.twitter.com/elwXkijn3s
— Twitter Create (@TwitterCreate) May 24, 2022
The new site, which you can check out here, includes specific sections for creators in different verticals to help guide them on how to maximize their Twitter presence.
Tap on ‘Podcasters’, for example, and you’re taken to a dedicated page of tips for how to promote your show, including notes on which specific Twitter products you can utilize.
Scroll down further in any topic stream and you’ll find case studies, notes, and other blog posts that can help to guide you in the right direction.
The site provides a good overview of Twitter’s various monetization avenues, in nine different categories, while there’s also a range of blog posts and notes that can help to guide your tweet approach.
Twitter’s monetization tools, thus far, haven’t really caught on, with Twitter Blue not yet becoming a key contributor to the platform’s revenue, and other offerings also, based on Twitter’s most recent performance update, failing to drive any significant income for the company.
But they do offer opportunity, and there are some users that are indeed driving significant benefit from these additions. The trick for Twitter now is to help creators maximize take-up, and build their own offerings to better incentivize people to pay for content, which is not a habitual behavior in the app.
That’s been a key challenge for its creator monetization tools thus far – people have always been able to read your tweets for free, why would they start paying for the privilege now? That hesitation seems to be a key tipping point that Twitter needs to overcome, and up till now, it’s been reliant on the creators themselves to come up with more compelling subscription offerings, in order to add value to their platform presence.
This new platform aims to provide more specific guidance on this element, which could make it a valuable resource for those considering their add-on options to incentivize subscribers, while newer additions like Super Follower Only Spaces provide more, simple add-on tools that can push creators in the right direction as to how they can enhance their Twitter presence for a paying audience.
Which is really what needs to happen. People aren’t going to pay for your tweets, no matter how witty you may think you are, but they will pay for exclusives and additional engagement offerings that can make them more aligned to your presence.
Up till now, Twitter hasn’t been great at articulating this, hence the low take-up of these tools. But this new platform provides more direct guidance, which could provide a boost for its monetization tools.
You can check out the new Twitter Create mini-site here.
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