June 15 marks the 30th anniversary of GIF, which will probably come as a surprise to many people. How does a creative — more so an internet trend so prevalent in the 21st century — date back to the 1980s? For those unaware, the first Graphic Interchange Format (GIF) was created by US-based software writer Steve Whilhite on June 15, 1987. Facebook is celebrating 30 years of GIF by implementing it on comments. Earlier, GIFs were available on Facebook Messenger only. Also Read - Facebook smartwatch to feature cameras alongside fitness functions: Yes, detachable cameras!Also Read - Top 5 best stock trading apps in India in 2021: Tradingview, investing.com, INDmoney, more
Using GIFs on Facebook is as easy and simple as using it on the Messenger app. On the comment bar of a Facebook post, the GIF icon will be visible just next to the emoji icon. Tap on the GIF icon and a pop up will appear where you can type any word and related GIFs will show up. This update is already available on the desktop version of Facebook, and on the iOS and Android apps as well. The GIF integration on Facebook comments is the biggest announcement, but the social media giant has more news to share.
Facebook shares its results on how the usage of GIFs on Messenger has evolved. Facebook says that almost 13 billion GIFs were sent on Messenger last year, which resulted to around 25,000 GIFs sent every minute. Last year saw an incredible usage as GIFs sent tripled in 2016. New Year s Day 2017 recorded the most number of GIFs sent on Messenger, which went up to 400 million. Continuing its celebrations, Facebook has also introduced 20 new GIFs of the most popular internet celebrities. ALSO READ: Facebook Messenger home screen gets a revamp
These GIFs have been created by GIPHY Studios, and include the likes of pop band DNCE, Vine sensation Logan Paul, Amanda Cerny, DREEZY, YouTuber Patrick Starr, Daddy Issues creator Violet Benson, Wuz Good, Brandi Marie, and Landon Moss. These GIFs can be used by searching #GIFparty when sharing a GIF on Facebook or the Messenger app, or one can visit GIPHY.com/Facebook. ALSO READ: Giphy adds a new tool to save your Vines; here s how it works
Lastly, Facebook is contesting an online debate over how GIF is actually pronounced. Facebook will host an online poll in the coming days which users in the US will see, asking them to cast their vote on the correct pronunciation of GIF. One can also vote for this online poll by visiting Facebook s official page on your smartphone. Facebook expects that this debate will finally decide if GIF is pronounced with a hard g or a soft g . ALSO READ: Google Allo update adds Selfie Clips: Here s how you can capture your own personal GIF