Finding the right GIF, however, remains a slightly more cumbersome process, requiring users to tap first on the More tab above the virtual keyboard.
In assistance of a dedicated GIF button, the sharing of GIF will become far easier as compared to the setup now, in which operators have to download and use a dedicated app in addition to the Messenger for only sharing the content. It is very likely the previous setup for GIFs (through the third-party apps) did not receive the intended response from Messenger users, so Facebook decided to have a redo and make it easier to access.
The experimental feature was quietly rolled out to a small group of Messenger users in Canada, Mashable has learned. It offers up trending GIFs from services like Giphy and Riffsy, letting you easily share them with friends right from Messenger without having to switch apps.
“We think Messenger is the best way to express yourself, but we’re constantly thinking of ways to improve”, a Facebook spokesperson told Mashable.
Previously to use the GIF in the Facebook Messenger, users had to download a specific app for using GIF in their messages.
The firm is testing a dedicated GIF button on the compose message interface inside messenger, enabling users to find and send moving images in just two taps. The new feature enables user search for appropriate GIFs from Giphy and Riffsy, and stickers based on target keywords like a person’s name or movie title or even on how you feeling. However, it is highly possible also as Facebook is working to make Messenger as user friendly as it can be when it comes to sharing multimedia during chat sessions. Tumblr launched a GIF search engine and a dedicated GIF site in recent weeks, Twitter (kinda) introduced GIFs last year and made them autoplay this summer, while Hulu, Disney and the folks behind recently sold social app Path are among the many others to have dabbled in GIFs in some form this year alone.