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Facebook rolls out the GIF button for comments to all users

16 June 2017

In celebration of GIF's success, Facebook is rolling out a couple of new GIF-related features on its platform.

Facebook also provided some statistics on how people have been using GIFs on Messenger.

Facebook added GIF support two years ago, but until now users had to enter the URL of a GIF hosted somewhere else.

In a report from TechCrunch, it looks like Facebook has started to roll out the GIF button for comments on the Facebook app. A few months after it began testing the feature, the web site has rolled the button out to all users, finally allowing everyone to post GIFs directly in the comment section.

To add a GIF into your comment, just tap the GIF button in the comment bar. The company then said GIF usage on Messenger tripled in the last year with New Year's Day being the most popular when 400 million GIFs were sent on Messenger.

GIF Images were initially meant to be a simple solution for low resolution images however, today they could be seen on every corner of the internet where you would see reaction GIFs, memes, as well as endless looping set of events that you would keep watching for hours. 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.

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Facebook also worked with Giphy to create a handful of brand new GIFs featuring such internet stars as Patrick Starr, Violet Benson, and DREEZY.

Facebook users exchanged almost 13 billion GIFs on Messenger in 2016 alone, according to the company, which works out to about 25,000 GIFs each minute.

The GIF button on Facebook accesses Giphy as well as a number of other libraries.

Starting June 15, users will be able to respond to Facebook comments and statuses with GIFs.

Lastly, Facebook is preparing to find an answer to the debate over how the word "GIF" (With "G" like "Gorilla" or "G" like "Giraffe") is pronounced (that's one question that has confused generations).

Facebook rolls out the GIF button for comments to all users