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29 essential reaction GIFs for any Facebook thread

No words necessary.


Miles Klee

Internet Culture

Posted on Jun 4, 2015   Updated on May 28, 2021, 4:23 pm CDT

By now you’re surely aware that Facebook supports Graphics Interchange Format (or GIF) files. This is great news for people who prefer to communicate via imagery rather than words, i.e., the entire Internet. Seriously, it’s hard to believe emoji isn’t an official U.S. language yet.

But as some computer science nerd once probably said, with great processing power comes great responsibility. How will you bring GIFs to bear on Facebook squabbles about politics, threads following engagements and birth announcements, or the countless humblebrags that litter your newsfeed? Well, we’ve got some suggestions.      

1) When your friend is bragging with nothing to back it up:

2) When you need to pretend you didn’t just read that:

3) When your comment gets more likes than the original post:

4) When someone links to an octopus video:

5) When the conversation takes a surprisingly racist turn:

6) When you’re feeling all the feels:

7) When you’re officially unfriending someone:

8) When everything should die:

9) When two idiots can’t agree on a basic set of facts:

10) When you can’t even conceal your disgust:

11) When you finally get it:

12) When it’s not worth it to correct someone:

13) When it’s news you don’t want to hear:

14) When you didn’t know that someone was a lesbian:

15) When you’re liking everything in the thread:

16) When you’re caught in the middle of serious drama:

17) When Tiffany needs to be quiet:

18) When you’re a men’s rights activist and notice casual misogyny:

19) When you’re too cool to get involved:

20) When you strongly agree with the comment directly above:

21) When you guess that’s just the way it is:

22) When the situation escalates:

23) When your nobody cares about your status update:

24) When you give up completely:

25) When you’re expected to feel sorry for someone but don’t:

26) When a friend privately messages you with additional context:

27) When you feel satisfied about pissing strangers off:

28) When someone finally sees things your way:

29) When that joke wasn’t even funny:

Use these often—but wisely—and you’ll never have to type again!

Photo via Andrew Kuznetsov/Flickr (CC BY 2.0)

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*First Published: Jun 4, 2015, 12:00 pm CDT