Your Profile Pic Turns Into Video

It all started a few months ago, when we were sitting in the office, brainstorming the next new feature for Triond. We were browsing through some Triond users’ profiles when Udi said something like: “You know, we’re sitting here, reading our users articles, looking at their profile pics, but we can’t really get the feeling of them. We can’t hear them, we can’t see how they really look. I wish I could have just clicked on their profile pic and then a video of them would start playing. I bet our users would like that, too.”

It didn’t take more than a few fractions of a second before we all knew what feature we wanted to introduce next: profile pics that turn into videos!

Then we realized this idea could work much more broadly, beyond the boundaries of Triond. People have profile pics all over the web — on social networks, bookmarking sites, blogs, news sites, just name it. Usually, wherever you have a username, you also have a profile pic. So why not let all those users on all those sites turn their profile pics into videos? So we gave this project a name of its own — Vanityvid — and started developing it.

And today we are bringing Vanityvid to all Triond users.

So what is it that you’re actually getting? When you log into Triond, you will now see a ‘REC’ button on your profile pics that are either on your Profile page or on your Account page. Click that button and the Vanityvid Recorder will open up, giving you a choice of either uploading a file or using your webcam in order to create your Vanityvid. Vanityvids are limited to 17 seconds, so if you upload a longer file you will be asked to trim it.

Any Vanityvid you create will be automatically associated with your Triond account. This means that when your Triond friends see your image, they will also see a ‘Play’ button on it, and will be able to click ‘Play’ and watch… you!

That’s about it. Pretty simple, right?

Oh, and we almost forgot. Now, you can see US in video, as well!

111 thoughts on “Your Profile Pic Turns Into Video

  1. ‘Eye candy’ for a site is nice but Triond could do better to catch and remove (or not publish it in the first instance) plagiarized works of other writers. I just reported yet another plagiarized article last night that has sat on Triond since December 2009! All this time, stolen content, -earning money? Stop the plagiarizers from re-posting someone else’s content, scan for copies already on the web. -That would be a great improvement for Triond.

  2. thestickman is right, though I think they do a decent job of weeding out plagiarized work already, though it can be better. My friend said he’d tried to copy/paste something into Triond but the system said no or something.

    Good update I’m going to check out those videos.

  3. Thanks guys. I have long wondered what the other side of Triond looks like. Glad to put faces with names! This is a great idea…. allows readers to really connect with writer.

  4. Very nice, and believe it or not I’m starting to get into this site. That is a nice feature and I hope that you will keep up the good work. Now, I just have to get me a webcame so that I can put up a video profile. Maybe that could be a promotional thing for you guys.

    As you publish you get so many points and those points could be use here on Triond to puchase things like a webcame, hats, t-shirts, airfare, laptops and the list goes on and on. Give that ideal some thought and maybe something will come of it.

    Glad to have a face to all of this!
    Good work!

  5. very good and great idea
    i tried but couldn’t upload as my snap is not on this computer
    i shall do so when i revert back to my departed soul…
    the lap top i’ve left way back and miss it as my child .
    g88888888r88 feeling yes.
    also when u write special pick up phrases …
    of last thirty days…. please add name of the poet or writer
    i and many of my friends have felt happy when we see that it relates to our work ….
    mostly mine i see 75 percent of the times…
    as i have contributed over 2700 poems since i joined Triond over a year and a half back.
    I wonder if you all know it/ME LH LOVELY HONEY LHHLH
    . this is the fault of automation…. it leaves out the personal touch that’s
    why i call myself a
    POETIC ROBOT
    as i planted seven poems almost a day at times earlier
    now less.
    i’m perhaps POETICALLY exhausted NOW………
    thanks do read my latest on TRIOND’S

  6. Very good and great idea
    I tried but couldn’t upload as my snap is not on this computer
    I shall do so when I revert back to my departed soul…
    the lap top I’ve left way back and miss it as my child .
    g88888888r88 feeling yes.
    Also when u write special pick up phrases …
    of last thirty days…. please add name of the poet or writer

    I and many of my friends have felt happy when we see that it relates to our work ….
    mostly mine, I see 75 percent of the times…
    As I have contributed over 2700 poems since I joined Triond
    over a year and a half ago…
    I wonder if you all know it/ ME ….LH. LOVELY HONEY… lhlhlh

    This is the fault of automation…. it leaves out the personal touch that’s
    why I call myself a

    POETIC ROBOT

    as I planted seven poems
    almost a day at times earlier
    now less.
    I’m perhaps
    POETICALLY
    exhausted if not neutered

    GRAMMAR CHECKED AND SPELL CHECKED ELSEWHERE
    AS U DON’T PROVIDE GRAMMAR CHECK and FLESCH GRADING my computer is nude in that aspect too.
    HENCE THIS DELAY
    SORRY for the caps ….its not shouting abs unintentional..
    but my eyes sight that’s all
    thanks all who read hopefully the management will too.

    later i shall relay poetically too. feeling tired now working since yesterday…

  7. Well done you guys…perhaps you might turn your attention to the more serious matter of how ‘views’ are registered. I’ve raised this on a few a occasions, feeling strongly that writers are being short-changed as you appear to have a faulty system that does not correctly record the number of viewings we get. E.g. on my last poem Triond is currently registering 115 views, my site at StumbleUpon meanwhile is registering more than double at 240 ‘hits’ – this is clearly not right

  8. i would not consider this as a useless update, this update shows that this website is different from other websites, which mostly have faces or only names and 17seconds is not long enough to load, it loaded in my computer in a flick. i like this update, because this actually gains them more status.

  9. You guys look like you take good care of yourselves according to your pictures. Stay handsome. Stay that way.

  10. Good feature if you want to put yourself that out there.
    I’m good with just a photo. At this time I don’t think a video is necessary.

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