Cartoon Characters as Facebook Profile Pictures: Facebook Gets Animated!

Filed in Gather News Channel by on December 4, 2010 0 Comments

Cartoon characters are invading Facebook, with the colorful animated icons replacing Facebook profile pictures. No matter if they are cartoons from the ‘70s, ‘80s (The Smurfs!), ‘90s (Rugrats pictures, all the way!) or today, expect to see some of the more popular cartoon characters – and probably a good dose of random animated figures – become the temporary new facades of a rash of Facebook friends.

Facebook is urging users to adopt this cartoon character craze. “From now until December 7, change your profile picture to your favorite cartoon from when you were a kid,” says a note that’s being circulated on Facebook. “PLAY AND PASS ALONG!”

And from the looks of Google’s recent inundation of cartoon searches (and the newsfeed on my Facebook page), the goofy new Facebook fad is making waves.

Even better, apparently the social networking site’s meme is not all Rainbow Brite nonsense, it also has a charitable purpose at it’s cartoon core. The Facebook note continues, “The goal of this game is not to see any human faces on Facebook, but an invasion of childhood memories for the fight against Violence to Children. Remember we were kids too.”

Well, at least there’s a worthy purpose behind Facebook’s temporary switch to the animated world; a method to this madness. Before the current cartoon character craze, Facebook had everyone replacing their Facebook profile picture with a so-called celebrity doppelganger. So, what’s better? Pretending you bear a modicum of resemblance to a famous, and quite possibly attractive or handsome, star, or fancying yourself a superhero (or super-cute) cartoon character?

And, if you thought it was difficult to identify of find those potential, long-lost acquaintances on Facebook to friend (or stalk) them, it just got a bit harder – at least until the cartoon characters as Facebook profile pics are erased.

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