GIFs for Profile Pics on Google+

Google+ now lets members use animated GIFs for their profile photos. The social network unveiled the update in a post on its Google+ page, alongside a link to a Google search for “How to create a gif.

Matt Steiner, a software engineer at Google, first made the announcement on his profile page. He said GIFs will animate on both desktop and mobile, “like newspapers in Harry Potter” (and let’s be honest, who doesn’t love HP?)

Check out Mr Steiner’s new profile image – holla Mr Steiner!


The update comes just a week after Google added a search filter for GIFs and transparent images. When users conduct an image search, they simply click on “Search tools” below the search box, then select “Animated” under the “Any type” dropdown menu to refine their results.

Are any of you on Google Plus? What do you think of the new GIF profile photos?

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