Yahoo! GIFs are back again on Facebook!
On Friday, Facebook confirmed it will support animated GIFs on its news feed. The function has started rolling out already and would soon be available to people all over the world. This confirmation shows a significant change in the direction for Facebook, which has removed the support for the feature ages ago as it was considered to make the site chaotic.
Now, almost a decade later, the GIFs are bigger and makes more sense to the content. Web services have improved a lot to deal with the improving GIFs. There are apps like Giphy which are being used to post GIFs on Facebook, but they are not officially supported by the company. Also, almost all the other social networking sites support GIFs, so its high-time Facebook joins the club.
Using GIFs on Facebook is not any difficult. All that you have to do is to copy and drop the GIF’s link on the status update for the site to display the animated picture. But it has to be noted that if the GIF is uploaded to Facebook directly, it would display only as a static image. The links can be obtained from Imgur, Tumblr or Google image search. Currently, GIFs could be posted only on the news feeds and profile but not on the Pages and the mobile website. It is said Facebook relaxed its rule after the successful introduction of its auto-play videos.
“Like many features that we released on Facebook, we want to ensure that this drives a great experience for people first before rolling it out more widely,” said the spokesperson of Facebook. “While pages cannot currently post GIFs, we are exploring ways to enable this in future,” he added.