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Facebook tests customisable profile colours, and it looks BAD

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A screenshot shared by hacker Jane Manchun Wong (Image credit: Jane Manchun Wong)

If you're of a certain generation, you'll no doubt remember the joys of customising your MySpace profile to make it look rad, mega, or whatever word we were using back in the early noughties. Well, now it looks like Facebook is about to join the customisable profile party – and only 20 years too late.

According to well-reputed hacker Jane Manchun Wong on Twitter (below), Facebook is working on an "adaptive colour background" feature for profile views. Wong's attached screenshot includes four colour examples, and we think it's fair to say that whoever at Facebook chose them is not a fan of, well, colour. 

The offerings are: dull green, dull blue, dull darker blue, and dull burgundy – four hues that wouldn't have cut it in 2005, let alone today. Our guide to colour theory could maybe teach Facebook's designers a thing or two.

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While there's no official word on the ugly colours above, if Wong found the feature, there's a good chance Facebook's testing it. And, unsurprisingly, we're not alone in our reaction to the four colours on display. In response to Wong's tweet, several users have suggested improvements, including using a gradient instead of solid colours, or adding brighter colours such as pink or purple. App designer Mike Rundle puts it most succinctly:

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This isn't the only colour-based experiment on Facebook's part lately. Dark mode was recently rolled out, kind of – you need to be rocking the Facebook Lite app to use it (anyone?). Only time will tell whether we get customisable profile colours, but based on the examples above, we'll be sticking to what we've got, thanks. 

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Daniel Piper
Daniel Piper

Daniel Piper is Creative Bloq’s Senior News Editor. As the brand’s Apple authority, he covers all things Mac, iPhone, iPad and the rest. He also reports on the worlds of design, branding and tech. Daniel joined Future in 2020 (an eventful year, to say the least) after working in copywriting and digital marketing with brands including ITV, NBC, Channel 4 and more. Outside of Future, Daniel is a global poetry slam champion and has performed at festivals including Latitude, Bestival and more. He is the author of Arbitrary and Unnecessary: The Selected Works of Daniel Piper (Selected by Daniel Piper).