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Facebook adds 200 flag frames to profile pics, because patriotism

Oh Facebook, what will you give us next?

Facebook just added almost 200 national flags to its Profile Frames feature, giving users an extra chance share their national pride with all their friends—or just make everyone quickly scrolling through their feeds double-check if their phone screen has a smudge when the flags fly past.

The small flags, which appear at the top corner of profile pictures, don’t make much of a statement beyond "hey, here’s where I’m from" adding to Facebook’s list of photo frames that allow users visually pledge allegiance to their favorite sports teams or social causes (think back to the much more affecting and ubiquitous marriage equality and Paris frames that filled newsfeeds in 2015).

You can add a flag to your profile via Facebook’s mobile app and via desktop browser (although you’ll have to navigate straight to the dedicated Frames page in your browser if you’re on a computer). I added the good ol’ Stars and Stripes to my profile pic, but had to search a bit to find it first. You’ll have to toy around with the tool to find some of the more obscure flags.

Image: screenshot/facebook

The flags don’t have me feeling overly patriotic, no matter how excited my pic looks.

Facebook rolled out Snapchat-cloned geofilters called location frames last December—which are much cooler than the little flags in the corner of your pic—but that was part of a limited trial of Facebook’s in-app camera.

The location frames are still being fine-tuned in nine countries—Colombia, Mexico, UK, Taiwan, Ireland, Italy, Hungary, Argentina and Spain—with plans to expand to others in the coming months. At least those frames will be able to tell your friends when you’re off on a new adventure, rather than just reminding them where you’re from.

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