15 June is the 30th anniversary of the Graphics Interchange Format (GIF). Facebook is celebrating the occasion in number of ways. While users could embed GIFs in their Facebook posts, the comments sections are about to get a lot more lively as Facebook is now allowing GIFs in the comments section as well. The feature has been rolled out worldwide. Users simply have to tap or click on the new GIF icon while replying and search for the GIFs they want to use.
Facebook also has a GIF party going on, with 20 GIFs featuring some of the most recognisable internet stars including DNCE, Violet Benson and Logan Paul. Users can use the GIFs from the GIF party by searching for #GIFparty when sharing on Facebook or Messenger. The GIFs include expressions and themes such as fist bump, confetti, group hug and happy birthday. The GIFs are designed to be used in a wide variety of situations.
Finally, Facebook wants to settle the matter of how "GIF" is pronounced. Whether the G in "GIF" is a hard G or a soft G is one of the longest running debates in technology. The creator of the GIF, Steve Wilhite, on getting a Webby Award, indicated that the right pronounciation is "Jiff". Facebook is hosting a poll for the right pronunciation of the word, but it is only available to users in the United States. For the rest of us, the matter can be settled right here: