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Giphy Brings GIFs to Facebook

by Jacob Kleinman | August 29, 2013August 29, 2013 11:00 pm PST

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We’ve got some good news, or possibly bad news depending on how you feel about endlessly repeating low-quality videos with no sound. GIFs are finally coming to Facebook, thanks to Giphy, which bills itself as the first GIF search engine ever. The company announced the news today on its official blog.

Facebook has blocked GIFs from working on its site for as long as anyone can remember — they call back the dark ages of MySpace — but Giphy appears to have found a loophole that lets you share its own content on the site. Thanks to a new line of code, all you have to do is copy and paste your link into Facebook and it should show up.

Shared GIFs initially look the same as a video posted on Facebook. However, once the viewer clicks the little play button your GIF will loop endlessly. Personally, I decided to start things off with a classic Simpsons GIF, but Giphy has plenty of options to choose form, including a whole category of reaction GIFs just for this occasion.


Jacob Kleinman

Jacob Kleinman has been working as a journalist online and in print since he arrived at Wesleyan University in 2007. After graduating, he took a...