Facebook adds GIFs to comments to celebrate 30 years of the image format

Happy 30th birthday to the GIF!

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Facebook adds GIFs to comments to celebrate 30 years of the image format  The comments section will now have a list of image files to choose from. (Facebook)
By  Aasha Bodhani Published  June 15, 2017

The GIF turns 30 today and to celebrate Facebook has added the image format to its platform within the comment section.

Though the added feature is not necessarily new to Facebook as users can already post GIFs to status updates, the comments section will now have a list of image files to choose from.

In a statement, Facebook said: "We know people love communicating with GIFs on Messenger, and we're also making it easier to use GIFs on Facebook. Today we're introducing the ability to add GIFs in comments for all people on Facebook globally.

"Just tap the GIF button when you go to make a comment, type in what you're looking to say, and add the GIF that really nails it!"

The GIF button will allow users to search and post from a range of services, including Giphy and Tenor, helping users become more animated with their responses.

According to Facebook, after it added GIFs to its Facebook Messenger service last year more than 13 billion GIFs were sent on the chat tool. Also, its busiest day for GIFs was 1 January this year where more than 400 million GIFs were sent.

The social media giant also wants to ‘end and ago-old debate'. It wants to solve how the word GIF is pronounced, whether it's a ‘hard g' or ‘soft g'. Unfortunately only US Facebook users can take part in the poll.

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

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