Facebook testing GIF creator as camera option in iOS app


The GIF mode in the Facebook Camera enables users to create GIFs from the images they take.

Now, the social networking giant is letting you make your own GIFs with the addition of a GIF mode in Facebook Camera.

The addition was first spotted today by The Next Web, which notes that the GIFs shot via this feature only last a few seconds. Last month, it rolled out a GIF button for comments to all users, while also detailing the impact of GIFs on the network. But you can only share the resulting GIFs on your Facebook story or as posts on your Facebook page. Either way, you will see these tabs at the top of the next screen: Normal and GIF.

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A Facebook representative confirmed the feature is now being tested with a "very small number of iOS users" for the time being, but notes there will be more information about this GIF maker arriving in a few weeks' time.

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. You also can't send them via other social media platforms, which means this feature, while very fun, won't really work outside of Facebook. Which means they're not much use outside of Facebook. Or, open the Facebook app and swipe from left on the news feed. Videos are something that you can monetize.

Speaking of GIFs, did you know 13 billion GIFs were sent within the past year on Facebook Messenger alone? It might just be rolled out eventually once the GIF creator is launched across all platforms.