That’s right children, you can now post GIF’s (graphics interchange format) to Facebook and have them display not only inline, but in the mobile app as well.
Longtime Facebook users (read: old people like me who have been using the service since it was for college students only), will recall that if offered GIF support in the very early days. The ability to embed or upload GIFs was removed a decade ago, probably because of the negative impacts a ton of GIFs in the Newsfeed had on the product.
A decade later, GIFs are bigger than ever and the ways in which a web service can deal with loading GIFs has improved too. Plus, virutally every other major social service now supports GIFs, so it’s sort of time for Facebook to re-join the party.
As with all good things, however, there are caveats.
The GIF support offered by Facebook is considerably better than the lame support Giphy hacked onto the platform in 2013, but there are still some guidelines to keep in mind.
GIF links, not GIF uploads
The first thing to keep in mind is that the feature works with GIF links, not GIF uploads. At least for now, attempting to upload your favorite GIF will not result in a usable, playable GIF on Facebook.
Instead you need to paste a GIF file link into the “status update” screen. For most services, you’ll see an inline, real-time preview of the GIF embed.
In our tests, GIF links pasted from Tumblr didn’t preview in the status update preview, but showed up just fine on the page itself.
Read more at – http://mashable.com/2015/05/29/facebook-gif-support/
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