Starting today (24th), you can set your Meta avatar as your profile picture on Instagram without giving up the traditional image. On Twitter, the social network announced the addition of the novelty that, in an unprecedented way, will allow visitors to switch between icons with a gesture.
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Previously, users could even define their own avatars with personalized expressions as a profile icon, but only in place of the original photo. The difference now is that you no longer have to choose between one or the other, as both share space on the account.
“You can now add your avatar to the other side of your photo — and people visiting your profile can switch between the two,” explains Instagram.
You can set an avatar as your profile picture from the “Edit Profile” menu available in the “Profile” section of the mobile app. From there, you can create a three-dimensional version of yourself and set it to an icon with one of the available expressions.
Then, when available, anyone visiting your profile will be able to check out your personalized avatar by dragging your profile picture to the side. Once displayed, the 3D figure will perform a quick animation.
Meta’s avatars are increasingly important and present in the company’s ecosystem. The three-dimensional characters have been on Instagram, Facebook and Messenger for almost a year and are gradually gaining ground in features and sticker packs.