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Facebook finally supports GIFs
Just a few years behind the rest of the world, GIFs show up on Facebook.
Better late than never: Facebook has finally rolled out full support for animated GIFs, letting you fill your timeline with the same obnoxious images that already litter your Twitter and Tumblr feeds.
The one catch here is that you can’t simply upload an animated GIF to Facebook and expect it to work as intended. Instead, the image has to be hosted elsewhere; if it already lives somewhere on the web, you can just grab that link, or you can upload your own image to a site like Imgur. Pasting a link to a GIF in your status box will do all the necessary embedding for you, just as it does with links and YouTube videos.
On another interesting note, the animations don’t automatically play, but instead require a click before they begin moving. That’s a funny decision on Facebook’s part, considering it has no qualms with letting its advertisers’ videos and other embedded clips automatically play as a user scrolls past them.
Update 11:40am, May 29: Unfortunately, as the Daily Dot discovered this morning, the new GIF support does not yet extend to pages.
Illustration by Max Fleishman
Mike Wehner is a former tech editor for the Daily Dot who now writes for BGR. His work has appeared everywhere from Yahoo to CNN, and there’s a good chance his Apple Watch is dead right now.