The internet’s favorite type of picture, the GIF, has finally made its way to Facebook’s Timeline. Sort of. Giphy, a website that’s basically a search engine for GIFs, recently designed a workaround to get animated pictures onto your Facebook page. Giphy has created a code that makes GIFs loop on Facebook, and it works exactly like posting a link to a video. You can’t upload any GIF you want, though – it has to be one you find on Giphy’s site. Once you find an image you want to share, copy the URL from that page or click “Share GIF” to add it to your Timeline or Newsfeed. Your Facebook friends will see it as a video, and when they click the play button you’ll get the looping GIF animation we’ve come to know and love. Facebook commented by saying the site does not support animated GIFs. While the workaround is somewhat limited and is far from officially sanctioned, GIFs have at long last made their way to Facebook.
Shelly Palmer Radio Report – September 5, 2013
Author: Shelly Palmer
Shelly Palmer is Fox 5 New York's On-air Tech Expert (WNYW-TV) and the host of Fox Television's monthly show Shelly Palmer Digital Living. He also hosts United Stations Radio Network's, Shelly Palmer Digital Living Daily, a daily syndicated radio report that features insightful commentary and a unique insiders take on the biggest stories in technology, media, and entertainment. He is Managing Director of Advanced Media Ventures Group, LLC an industry-leading advisory and business development firm and a member of the Executive Committee of the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences (the organization that bestows the coveted Emmy® Awards).