Facebook's New Camera Feature Lets You Create Your Own GIFs
15 July, 2017, 09:24 | Author: Nadine Todd
Apparently, the feature is only available in the iOS version of the Facebook app, as those who discovered the feature on their iOS devices did not see it on the newest version of the app running on Android.
Users can access the feature in the app's camera mode, where they have the choice between a "normal" or "GIF" tab at the top of the screen.
Found in the upper portion of the app's camera, the GIF maker seemingly allows for short, looping video that can be augmented with effects and captions.
The addition was first spotted today by The Next Web, which notes that the GIFs shot via this feature only last a few seconds.
You can add the Facebook Camera GIFs you create to your Facebook Stories or just post them on your profile. It took until 2015 for Facebook to actually even support a GIF in the News Feed.
According to Facebook's own stats, nearly 13 billion GIFs were sent on Messenger over the past year, with 400 million GIFs sent just on New Year's Day 2017. This was something that was rolled out on all Facebook platforms.
Facebook had instead put the emphasis on video, which also bring a lively quality to the News Feed. The fact that the GIF creator even uses the Facebook Camera is a good sign that Facebook is finally going to make GIFs a priority, at least somewhat.
You can only share GIFs on Facebook. The only other piece of information we know about the GIF creator on the Facebook iOS app is that it is definitely being tested out according to Facebook reps.
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