Social Snacking 10.20.15

Giphy Launches DIY GIF Tool

You can now make your own GIF creations with Giphy’s new GIF Maker tool. While there are a number of other gif-making tools out there, Giphy’s integration with Chrome and Facebook Messenger offer seamless ways to share your gif creations.

GIF Maker allows you to animate video files from URLs (like YouTube) or you can directly upload video files from your desktop or Dropbox. Once created, you can make your GIF public or private on Giphy. Get ready for a LOT more GIFs.

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Instant Articles Now Available on iOS

Facebook users on iOS now have access to Facebook’s Instant Articles feature (Android coming soon). Instant Articles enable faster consumption of publishers’ content all while in the native experience of your Facebook feed. According to Facebook, users are able to access full articles 10 times faster than they would clicking off Facebook to a publisher’s site (every second counts, right?). This move continues to demonstrate Facebook’s desire to be our portal to everything.

To access Instant Articles, click the lighting bolt icon in the top-right-hand corner of posts from participating publishers, click through for the list of media partners.

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