The Avatar feature seems to be the latest trend on Facebook, with people left and right replacing their profile pictures of cartoon-like versions of themselves.
The 1st of September saw Filipino users flooding timelines with cartoon lookalikes of themselves and peppering customized stickers of their mini-me’s in the comments sections, which of course prompted many others to try it out for themselves.
In case you haven’t tried it yet, all you need to do is open the menu in the top right corner of the latest version of the Facebook app, tap on “See More” and then click on “Avatar.”
This will take you to a step-by-step process of creating your avatar, from skin tone, hair length and style, eye shape, makeup, body shape, style of clothes, and more. Once you’re done customizing the avatar, you can use it as a profile photo or as customized stickers for your friends and family in the comments section and chat rooms.
Here’s a video guide on how to create your own Facebook Avatar.
The popularity of the Avatar feature has drawn mixed reactions, with most users proudly showing off their cartoon creations, while others are poking fun at the latest trend, saying they’re already over it.
Facebook first released the Avatar feature in Australia and New Zealand and rolled it out to users in the US last May, but it seems like it’s just been made available to Philipines FB users this September.
Facebook’s Avatar feature is similar to Snapchat’s Bitmoji, which has been around since 2014, as well as Apple’s Memoji, where users could customize cartoon lookalikes. It’s also reminiscent of Yahoo Messenger, where users could personalize their virtual personas by changing physical appearance, clothes, accessories and backgrounds and show these as their personal icon. The chatroom service, which was popular in the late '90s was shut down in 2012.
(Image via Facebook)