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Facebook starts supporting animated GIFs

Facebook is going to make our News Feeds much more animated as it has decided to begin supporting animated GIF images.

The social media is going to let us post animated GIFs by pasting a link in the status update box. Still facebook users are not able to upload GIFs from their computers or mobile devices, nor Facebook will let Pages post animated GIFs yet. If a facebook user tries to upload an animated GIF from his/hers computer or mobile device, Facebook will convert it to a still image.

Users will be able to choose whether the animated GIFs will be played atomatically on their News Feed via “Auto-play” settings. If a facebook user wants to control the animated GIF loops in the desktop version of Facebook, he/she will have to go to Settings > Videos > Auto-Play Videos. If “Auto-play” is set to “Off,” the user will see a white circle around the word “GIF” placed on the image. Tapping on that button starts the GIF animation loop.

“We built support for animated GIFs to help people express themselves in fun new ways on Facebook. Like many features that we release on Facebook, we want to ensure that this drives a great experience for people first before rolling it out more widely. While Pages cannot currently post GIFs, we are exploring ways to enable this in the future,” said Facebook in a statement.

Source: Forbes