Facebook confirmed today that it will support animated GIF in the Facebook news feed. Now users finally, actually, truly and most important officially can post GIF in Facebook post.
But this new feature of Facebook is not so straight. You can not post GIF on Facebook by directly uploading it as you do for other images but can paste a link to a GIF hosted elsewhere. Facebook user have to paste a link to a GIF hosted on an external website like Giphy, Imgur, Tumblr, a Google Image search, or wherever, into their status update box and then post/publish.
Before this new feature, the only option for sharing GIFs on Facebook was a workaround provided by Giphy, but this was not considered official Facebook support. Today’s update means that users will be able to share GIFs they find anywhere on the web to Facebook, not only from a single source.
How it Works:
- Copy GIF link from any external source like Giphy, Imgur, Tumblr, a Google Image search, or wherever.
- Paste the link into status update box and then click post/publish.
(You have option to remove the link from status update box once GIF populates and write some status text)
- That’s it !!
A small “GIF-rounded with dashes” icon will appear in the middle of the image. click on it, and enjoy. And repeat.
It appears that the feature is still in the process of rolling out. Most users already have access, but Pages (for businesses or publishers) seem to still be waiting for the go-ahead.
TechCrunch asked Facebook to provide further technical details surrounding its GIF support, including its plans for mobile support, Pages support, and more. We’ll update when the company responds. In the meantime, a company spokesperson provided the following statement:
We’re rolling out support for animated GIFs in News Feed. This is so you can share more fun, expressive things with your friends on Facebook.
So now we can post GIF on Facebook! This is a big day, We can share our expressions, love, happiness and much more feelings in our friends and family even more clearly. Here’s a couple of GIFs we picked which seems to express some excitement and happiness. Check them out below:
source : giphy
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