Facebook Updates Hovercards; Displays Timeline Cover Photos
By on June 21st, 2012

Facebook is seriously on fire. Lately, it has been releasing several series of new features and updates which are quite essential, although they are small and unnoticeable. Few moments back we reported that Facebook has added the new emoticons menu in the chat window for better communication among users while chatting.

Yet another new feature update that has been spotted is the hovercards – the small information box that appears when you hover over a profile name or a Facebook page. The hovercards have been upgraded to display the Timeline profile picture along with the cover photo of a user/page when you hover over the name.

Regardless of whether it is a user or a Facebook page, the hovercard will now show a smaller version of the cover photo, providing the viewer with more context on who they are, or what page it is.

The new hovercards are designed to look more like a business card rather than the hovercard itself. Take a look at the examples shown below, shared by Manoj on his blog Most viral Media.

Facebook Hovercards With Cover Photo

From the images above, you can see that the hovercard of a user contains the user’s profile pic, the name, current job/designation, including a thumbnail gallery of mutual friends. At the bottom, there are the two usual buttons – Message and Friends (used to indicate whether you are a friend of that person or not). The Facebook page hovercard on the other hand, contains a thumbnail gallery of users that have “liked” the page, name of the page, location, the fan page picture, including the Message and “Liked”/”Like” buttons.

Here’s how the older version of the hovercards look:

Facebook Old Hovercards

Although it looks pretty much same as the earlier version of the hovercard, the new one particularly has the cover photo displayed in the background. This update is yet to be made available for all users, and users who aren’t using the new Facebook Timeline, will have the older hovercard design, until they switch to Timeline and add a cover photo.

Facebook has been releasing a lot of new features, including some updates to its existing features. Recently, it made some changes to its notifications by allowing users to opt out of the unwanted and annoying notifications. We have also spotted a new feature that shows activity of recently logged in friends.

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Joel Fernandes (G+) is a tech enthusiast and a social media blogger. During his leisure time, he enjoys taking photographs, and photography is one of his most loved hobbies. You can find some of his photos on Flickr. He does a little of web coding, and maintains a tech blog of his own - Techo Latte. Joel is currently pursuing his Masters in Computer Application from Bangalore, India. You can get in touch with him on Twitter - @joelfernandes, or visit his Facebook Profile for more information.

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