Published On: Thu, Jun 15th, 2017

Facebook rolls out a GIF symbol for comments to all users


Reply threads on Facebook are about to get a lot some-more animated. To symbol a 30th anniversary of a GIF format, all users will get a new GIF criticism symbol that Facebook began contrast 3 months ago. Facebook also announced that roughly 13 billion GIFs were sent on Messenger over a past year, with 400 million GIFs sent usually on New Year’s Day 2017.

The GIF symbol lets people hunt and post GIFs from opposite services, like Giphy and Tenor, directly in a comments box (on desktop browsers, a GIF symbol also displays trending GIFs, usually like in Facebook Messenger).

Facebook combined GIF support dual years ago, yet until now users had to enter a URL of a GIF hosted somewhere else. The GIF symbol creates a routine a lot easier, generally on mobile. It’s now usually accessible for comments, yet Facebook might eventually also make it accessible for News Feed posts since user direct for GIFs shows no signs of abating.

Facebook reportedly had support for GIFs prepared for years before it was finally added, yet was wavering to muster it since of a visible impact it would have on a News Feed. Despite a company’s initial reluctance, however, users kept finding workarounds to post GIFs. The miss of GIF support also gave other services like Imgur an advantage. Now Facebook has started embracing News Feeds with “richer” (some would contend busier) media and in further to GIFs, that includes auto-play videos and colored statuses.

For fun and to symbol a anniversary of when GIFs were initial introduced by CompuServe in 1987, Facebook is also using a check seeking users how GIF is pronounced, a discuss that continues to fury on even yet a creator of GIF, Steve Wilhite, has already announced his devotion to a soothing G.

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