Facebook finally, finally decided to listen to what users have been telling it for years. The social media platform caved in this past Friday and announced that it will now be supporting animated gifs in its Facebook News Feed. You can go ahead and like that post.
The company did initially support gifs more than a decade ago, when it first came out, however if eventually stopped supporting the fun, moving images claiming that it made news feeds cluttered and much too chaotic.
Fast forward to the present day, and gifs are bigger than ever. They defied every law of averages and every exert that claimed they wood die and be forgotten to history. And how they survived is even more fascinating – not only did they remained highly popular, but they also rose in popularity.
You can’t even open an internet page without seeing a gif of a TV show, a music video, a goofy cat, a hilarious news report or thoughtful interview.
Not only that, but the technology has advanced so that personal computers and company servers alike load them much quicker and easier, and image editing software has become affordable and wide-spread, making today pretty much the social media golden age of gifs and gif makers.
While for the time being the service isn’t quite as advanced as that of Tumblr’s or Deviantart’s, it’s a significant step forward for a social media platform that’s mostly focused on video features in recent years. Not even Twitter’s inclusion of gif support last summer convinced Facebook to reconsider their stand.
Here’s the catch – if you upload gifs directly onto Facebook, the site will unfortunately convert it into an old, boring, static image.
If you want to post actual moving gifs on Facebook you have to first upload them onto a different website, then post their links onto the “status update” field. What you have to do is not post them, but embed them.
Most of them should preview in the status update, but some might not if they’re taken from Tumblr. You have nothing to fear though, as they will show up as animated gifs once you press post.
You should however be careful that your gif has “.gif” at the end of its url, or else the service won’t work. Most hosts, such as Giphy, Imgur or GFYcat typically have the required extension at the end of each link.
Another current inconvenience is that you can’t use gif links from brand pages, only for personal pages. It is unknows as of yet if this will change in the future or not.
But there’s good news too – the gifs that you post on facebook will all automatically load on your mobile device as well. The larger gifs will not be loaded atomically, however you will be able to see an icon notifying you that there is there. If you want to see gif, all you have to do is that that icon.
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