How To Change Your Facebook Profile Picture For The Olympics
Whether you make a habit of watching sports or not, the Olympic Games are usually enough to stir up patriotic feelings in even the most disenchanted citizen. One minute, you're sitting on the couch idly wondering who dyed Ryan Lochte's hair, and the next, you're hollering "USA! USA!" at the television and contemplating changing your Facebook profile picture for the Olympics. After all, if ever there was a time for making pointed statements about your nation's athletic superiority, it would be now — international unity may be the point of the Olympics, but there's still something satisfying about knowing that gymnast and all-around superhuman Simone Biles is from your very own country.
Fortunately, changing your Facebook profile picture is far and away the easiest way to make George Washington proud (once someone explains Facebook to his spirit, that is). In the past, the site has offered official filters for important events: After the terrorist attacks in Paris last fall, users could update their current pictures with an overlay of the French flag, and an official rainbow filter was available during Pride month last year. Considering the Olympics are an international sensation, it's no surprise that Facebook recently began offering official filters for users who want to support their country from halfway around the world. Although you can always go through unofficial channels — despite its name, Rainbow Filter has profile picture filters for a variety of occasions — the easiest way is actually by way of the site itself, so you don't have to go through the process of uploading the new profile picture on your own.
And so, without further ado, here's how to add an official Olympics filter to your Facebook profile picture. On your mark, get set, go!
1. Head To Profile Picture Frames
First off, head over to the page for Facebook profile picture frames. If you want to support the Olympic Games in general, you can stop here; the automatic filter is a dove, which are traditionally released as a symbol of peace during the ceremonies. If that's not specific enough, though, head on to the next step.
2. Select "Rio 2016"
Select "Rio 2016" from the drop down menu next to your profile picture. (There are also a bunch of other cool filters for events like the Paralympics or the Tour de France.)
3. Pick Your Country
Scroll down until you find your country's flag; as you've undoubtedly gathered, mine is the grand ole United States of America.
4. Pick An Expiration Date
Finally, select how long you want the profile picture to last. After that time expires, your profile picture will revert to its less patriotic self — the Clark Kent version, if you will. Once that's done, update your profile picture and go back to posting Michael Phelps memes to your heart's content.
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