Facebook Now Lets Users Post GIFs in Comments

  • Facebook Now Lets Users Post GIFs in Comments

Facebook Now Lets Users Post GIFs in Comments

Facebook has finally rolled out a much-requested feature - users can now react to comments on a thread using GIFs.

Today marks the 30th anniversary of the GIF, and in celebration, Facebook is introducing a new feature. The company says: "We know people love communicating with GIFs on Messenger, and we're also making it easier to use GIFs on Facebook". The social network added support for GIFs a couple of years ago, but the process of posting them in Facebook comments was more convoluted - until now.

To add GIFs, you can just click the GIF button in the comment box, type in the kind of GIFs you need and click on the one you want. It will show you all the trending GIFs and you can also search for one from Giphy which has a huge collection of GIFs. On New Year's Day, more than 400 million GIFs were sent via Messenger.

Gmail has had a Giphy library extension for some time, while Twitter added a GIF button for instant access to an extensive library of low-res Spongebob Memes in 2015 as part of its reinvention.

As of Thursday, Facebook users will be able to leave GIFs as comments. However, the size of the library also makes it much more hard to look for a particular GIF if the search term is a common one.

GIFs are popular as an extension of the emoji concept, showing emotion or feeling with a short animation, so it seems that the heart-on-sleeve nature of Facebook is the natural home for them.

Anyway, here's a happy 30th birthday to the GIF!

Also, Facebook will be holding a poll for the United States users to ask them how the word GIF is pronounced.

Upon reporting first-quarter earnings, Facebook said it had 1.94 billion monthly active users and 1.28 billion daily active users.