Facebook Is Testing A GIF Button

Why did it take them so long?


Facebook has added a lot of features to its apps over time, but there is one format that is as old as the Internet itself that the company is surprisingly cold towards: GIFs.

The company has not made it easy to use GIFs on the network. You couldn’t upload straight from your camera roll or gallery but now it is reported Facebook is going to make it easy for you to add GIFs to your posts.

According to a report by TechCrunch, Facebook will begin testing a GIF button that will allow its users post GIFs from services like Giphy and Tenor. This sounds like the implementation that was effected on Twitter some time ago and it has made it way easier to attach GIFs to a post rather than looking for it on search then uploading it.

“Everyone loves a good GIF and we know that people want to be able to use them in comments,” a spokesperson told the publication, “So we’re about to start testing the ability to add GIF’s to comments and we’ll share more when we can, but for now we repeat that this is just a test.”

As usual, this will only be available to a small section of Facebook users and may eventually be rolled out to all users later on. The only implementation we’ve seen being done this way within the Facebook ecosystem is on Messenger and you would expect them to have a similar approach.

Finally! There is a future where we would not be forced to use Giphy links so as to post GIFs on Facebook.