Facebook will begin testing a GIF button that will allow users post GIFs from services like Giphy and Tenor as comments.

According to a report by TechCrunch, Facebook has confirmed it plans to begin testing a GIF button that would allow users to post the animated images as responses in comments. As with Messenger, the GIFs are sourced from sites like Giphy and Tenor.

“Everyone loves a good GIF and we know that people want to be able to use them in comments. So we are about to start testing the ability to add GIFs to comments and we’ll share more when we can, but for now we repeat that this is just a test,” TechCrunch quoted Facebook as saying on Saturday.

After the test, the GIF comment button will only be available to a small group of Facebook users and will be rolled out to everyone who loves it.

The button will function in the same fashion as in Facebook Messenger. If these tests are any indication, there are big things in Facebook users’ futures — at least as far as comments are concerned. Messenger has long offered its GIF-sharing feature, which places a small GIF button amidst the options. Selecting it pulls up a GIF library with popular GIFs that can be shared directly within the chat. That same feature may arrive in comments, too.

Something new in messenger too

In a bid to make Messenger more fun and engaging, It introduced two new features for Messenger, called Message Reactions and Mentions. The Messenger Reactions is similar to what introduced on its site and apps last year. Emojis include love, smile, wow, sad, angry and dislike. Mentions lets you tag a specific person by typing the “@” symbol followed by their name or nickname followed by your message.

As well, Facebook is testing multiple designs, one that has a Messenger-like design. Facebook describes this as a more ‘conversational’ style, though there’s nothing indicating whether we’ll see that new design go live on the service. In its present form, comments are collected in boxes.

[Source : TechCrunch]

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