GIFs now work on Facebook
Published: Tuesday, September 3, 2013
Updated: Tuesday, September 3, 2013 00:09
Facebook users rejoice because it is finally possible to post and share GIFs on their timeline thanks to Giphy, a website that has furnished a code for embedding GIFs from its site onto Facebook.
GIFs are small, looping animations that many people see on websites, which are technically known as Graphics Interchange Format. They are mainly used to show funny animations and popular memes.
For the longest time, Facebook users could express themselves using a variety of tools, including pictures, videos, the “how are you feeling” feature, and countless amounts of statuses updated on an hourly basis.
However, GIFs have become extremely popular on other sites like Tumblr and while it is possible to post a link of one on Facebook, the user would have to click it and go to another page to view it instead of viewing it on the timeline itself.
Giphy.com allows users to post a GIF on their timeline and allow them to view it without opening up another page. The process can be done in two ways. The user can click on the Facebook button on Giphy.com and directly upload it from their site, or copy the URL code for the GIF and paste it into a status.
Giphy’s workaround works, but it isn’t perfect. The GIF doesn’t flash natively on the user’s timeline; it will show up as a video post. There is a play icon that the user must click in order for it to play, much like video-sharing program Vine posts.
While Giphy’s workaround is appreciated, the reactions have been mixed. SHSU sophomore student Shawn Story felt that the option was okay, but overall impartial.
“It’s cool, but it doesn’t make me want to get on Facebook everyday,” Story said.
One particular commenter from Cnet.com, Norman_Smiley, felt the same way, but criticized about how options like these are changing the website into something else.
“I'm just glad that it's “opt-in’ but, this is just people slowly trying to turn Facebook in to that browser halting mess that was once Myspace,” the user said. “The irony is, many of the people who left Myspace for that very reason, are the ones perpetuating these 'awesome mods'. What next, auto playing music?”