After months of testing its dedicated GIF button, Facebook has finally rolled it out to all the users. The button is visible on both desktop and mobile platforms. The social networking giant had GIF support already, but the new button makes the process of searching and posting GIFsboth easier and quicker.
The company says that the new GIF button has been rolled out to celebrate the 30th anniversary of GIF format. All you need to do is to tap the button on the side when you want to post a comment, search the GIF you’re looking for inside the tab, and click to post it.
Until now, users needed to copy-paste the links to GIFs in Facebook comments, regardless of whether the comments were posted on desktop or mobile. Facebook’s primary app doesn’t support GIF sharing feature of Google’s Gboard app. However, the standalone Messenger app has a built-in GIF section.
Talking about Messenger, Facebook recently said in a blog post, “People on Messenger sent nearly 13 billion GIFs in the last year or nearly 25,000 GIFs every minute”.
Also mentioned was that the amount of GIFs sent on Messenger tripled in the past year.
Facebook recently said that it will soon be allowing users based in the US to donate money using the ‘Safety Check’ feature, in order to help the affected ones. The particular feature will arrive in the US in the coming weeks, and might roll out to more regions later.