On this day, 30 years ago, communication improved dramatically with the invention of the GIF. Naturally, the best way to mark this historical development is by using GIFs as liberally as possible, and if you haven't already figured out how to use Facebook's GIF button, today is the day. A few months after it began testing the feature, the web site has rolled the button out to all users, finally allowing everyone to post GIFs directly in the comment section. Basically, if your friends and family aren't begging you to stop communicating in Nicolas Cage GIFs by the end of the day, you need to step up your millennial game.
After years of being a GIF-less wasteland, Facebook began supporting the format in 2015. Everyone took to it pretty much immediately; according to Facebook, people sent nearly 13 billion GIFs through Messenger last year. But while Messenger's keyboard allowed users to choose GIFs directly from Facebook, the rest of the site was a different story. GIFs could only be posted as statuses, and users had to locate the GIF elsewhere and drop the URL into the update bar.
In March, however, Facebook began testing a GIF button for the comment section on both desktop and the app. To celebrate the format's 30th birthday on Jun. 15, the feature has officially been made available to everyone, so you can drop a GIF directly into the comments on a post without ever leaving Facebook. O happy day!
The possibilities are endless. No longer do you have to spend 15 minutes coming up with witty replies — you can let your GIFs do the talking. Clearly, this is a monumental occasion, so allow me to walk you through the process of using the GIF comment button.