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How To Easily Hack Your Facebook Profile Photo

Yes, I finally gave in. I had resisted the call to “upgrade” my profile on Facebook for several weeks. Calling it an “upgrade” didn’t fool me. I heard the buzz and read the complaints. Many of those who moved to the new format weren’t happy. I knew, though, that my days of being able to remain on the old profile design were numbered. For the last few days, there has been a message at the top of my Facebook homepage,

“Get with the program. Resistance is futile, you ought to know that by now. Look deeply into my/our eyes and trust that when we call it an “upgrade” what we mean is that you have no idea how unbelievably awesome this is.”

OK, maybe that isn’t exactly what the message said. The exact words escape me at the moment, but I think that captures the gist of it (or not).

In any event, I knew it was coming at any moment so I surrendered and clicked the “Upgrade” button. It felt a little bit like knowing you’re about to be fired from your job and you decide to quit first so it you can tell everyone it was your idea.

As soon as I switched to the new profile format, I wanted to make the most of the photos displayed at the top of my page. When the new profiles were first rolled out, there were loud protests from people uncomfortable with photos they’d been tagged in being displayed so prominently. Very quickly, though, creative minds went to work and produced many beautiful examples of how to use the images at the top of the page to make a statement about what you want others to know about you. While many of these incredibly creative examples were created through the use of advanced photo editing tools, there is a very easy way to put these images to work for you right away. Thanks to the good folks at Schweppes, not only do we have a wonderful source of club soda and tonic water, we now also have an easy way to up the cool factor by easily editing our profile photo.

In this video, I walk you through exactly how to do this, step-by-step. If you’d like an easy way to tweak your photos, this may be the answer.

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Let me know how you decide to use those photos at the top of your Facebook profile page. Did you decide to do something creative or leave them as is?

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2 Responses to “How To Easily Hack Your Facebook Profile Photo”

  1. Anca says:

    What happens when more photos of you get tagged? Do they scroll these off your profile page?

    (I’m a month late in discovering this new craze, but I think it’s an amazing, creating thing! I love it!)

    • Good question, Anca. Yes, new photos will shift these images on your profile header, but there is a super-easy fix. Just hover over the more recently tagged images and you’ll see a tiny X. Click that to hide that image from your header. You aren’t deleting the photo, just tell Facebook that you don’t want it displayed at the top of your profile.

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