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Facebook is celebrating 30 years of GIFs, with some new GIF themed content for the social media network.
First of all, users can now send GIFs as replies. A feature that went live yesterday, you should now be able to see a GIF button beside the Emoji and Sticker buttons when you write a reply on Facebook. With this, you can insert a trending GIF, or search for something specific.
As part of the celebrations, Facebook also created 20 GIFs that features some of the internet’s most recognizable faces such as DNCE, Logan Paul, Amanda Cerny, DREEZY, Patrick Starr, Violet Benson, Wuz Good, Brandi Marie, and Landon Moss. These can be found by searching #GIFparty when sharing a GIF on Facebook or Facebook Messenger or by visiting GIPHY.com/Facebook.
Facebook also provided statistics on how people have been using GIFs on Messenger. According to these statistics, almost 13 billion GIFs were sent last year, nearly 25,000 GIFs every minute and that New Year’s Day 2017 saw the most action, with more than 400 million GIF sends.
Facebook also wants to finally put an end to the pronunciation of the word GIF, so it will polling Facebook users in the US over the next few days. You might encounter this when you log into Facebook on desktop, but you can also visit Facebook’s official page on your mobile phone by searching for “Facebook” in the Facebook app to vote.
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