Facebook has been slowly rolling out its new profile design over the last couple of weeks. One of the tweaks it offers is the opportunity to display a few choice photos across your profile page just beneath all of your information. An app developer jumped on this and has created a new Facebook app aptly called Profile Banner. You can upload an image of your own–as I did above–or use one of the numerous banner images provided by the developer.
How do you get such a neat feature on your profile page? It’s actually quite simple.First, you must have the new Facebook profile enabled for your account. If you aren’t sure if you do, visit their handy About New Facebook Profile and check the top right corner. If you have the new profile, the bright green button will clearly say that you do. If you don’t, it will ask you to make the switch.
Once that is in place, your next step is to go into your Privacy Settings (click My Account > Privacy Settings) and change your setting for Photos and Videos You’re Tagged In to Everyone.
Now it’s time to actually visit the Profile Banner application and create your banner. From here, you can browse all of their pre-rendered images or upload your own. You can also post a banner on your friends’ profile pages (but you do have to promise not to be a jerk, seriously) or block your friends from posting one on your page. Since I really like my handcrafted banner, I’ve blocked everyone from changing it.
The only downside to the app are the white line partitions that you can see in my banner image. The reason for these lines lies in the fact that the banner image is really five images published side by side. So my image was broken up into five separate images, hence the lines that separate each image from one another. It isn’t perfect, but it’s still pretty neat and it may be something the developer (or another developer) fixes in the future. It’s currently not available for Facebook Fan Pages, but the developer says that it is coming soon.
Have fun sprucing up your profile! If you would like a custom image, our fantastic graphic designers (of which does not include me, you may be happy to note) would love to create one for you.