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Google+ has become the first of the major social networks in the world, which allowed the use of animated GIF-files in the profile photo [ http://bit.ly/ZRfBkB ]. It turns out that the story develops in a spiral, since moving pictures were fashionable as avatars on forums even 10-20 years ago, before the advent of the first social networks.

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However, in those times, users had complete freedom. The forums rare people to sign this name. Mainly used pseudonyms. An animated avatar could be a joke or a funny picture. Now everything has changed. The use of pseudonyms is prohibited or require special authorization and profile picture must be present.

Some believe that Google makes a big mistake by allowing animated profiles of large size. Like, this is very annoying. Besides the social network Google+ pages, and so eat off a large amount of memory (150 MB each), so the extra animation them completely useless.