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Netflix is making over your profile icons

They're the little square pictograms that help separate your Netflix recommendations from the ones suited to your Adam Sandler-obsessed roommate.


Netflix members streamed 500 million hours of Adam Sandler original Netflix movies in the first year and a half they existed. 

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Netflix is taking some inspiration from Queer Eye and making over your profile icon. 

Netflix launched profiles five years ago so that you don't keep getting recommendations based on other people's viewing on the same account -- so your roommate's fixation with Adam Sandler or your kid's obsessive repeat viewings of Finding Dory won't muddy the shows and movies Netflix's recommendation system picks for you. 

Profile icons are the square pictograms that you select whenever Netflix asks you "who's watching?" before you start hunting to find something to stream. Netflix Wednesday said it was refreshing the look of its current selection of cartoony icons. It is also adding an option to pick an avatar from a selection of Netflix originals' character, so you could identify yourself with a photo of Eleven or Luke Cage if you want. 

The change, which Netflix said will be rolling out across the service over the next few weeks, is meant as a way to "show your fandom," but it comes as the service is reining in its limited social aspects. Netflix is removing user reviews of movies and TV shows next month, for example. 

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