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Facebook Introduces GIFs in Comments on 30th Anniversary of The Visual Chat Option

Updated: June 15, 2017, 4:12 PM IST
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Facebook Introduces GIFs in Comments on 30th Anniversary of The Visual Chat Option
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On June 15, Facebook is celebrating the 30th anniversary of the GIF and has shared an inside look at the GIF popularity on Messenger. Also, the Tech giant has made some announcements on the same.

With this milestone, Facebook shared some stats related to GIFs since their introduction in Messenger in 2015:

• People on Messenger sent nearly 13 billion GIFs in the last year, or nearly 25,000 GIFs every minute.

• GIF sends on Messenger have tripled in the past year.

• New Year’s Day 2017 was the most popular day ever for GIF sends on Messenger, with more than 400 million GIF sends.

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Today Facebook also introduced the ability to add GIFs in comments for all people on the social media platform globally. To use this, Facebook users just have to tap on the GIF button while making a comment.

Also, GIPHY Studios created 20 GIFs featuring some of the internet’s much recognisable faces: DNCE, Logan Paul, Amanda Cerny, DREEZY, Patrick Starr, Violet Benson, Wuz Good, Brandi Marie, and Landon Moss.

They will be available to use by searching #GIFparty when sharing a GIF on Facebook or Messenger or by visiting

Facebook is also looking to end an age-old debate of how to pronounce GIF in the correct manner.

Over the next few days, a poll on Facebook will ask the US users to cast their vote on the same. Users can also vote by visiting Facebook’s official Page on their mobile phones.

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First Published: June 15, 2017, 4:07 PM IST
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