Is Facebook making a move to allow users to reply to their friend’s status updates with images? It would appear so. But that is not all. Facebook keeps coming out with news and we’ve got a heavy dose today with an Insights makeover, photo comments, emoticons (remember Myspace?), and video features for daughter company, Instagram. Just check out the screenshot from devianART’s Product Marketing Manager Dan Leveille.
The three new features with Facebook will include Photo comments. According to PCMag.com, “The social network began rolling out a new camera button that lets you reply to status updates with an image.”
Photo Comments Galore
The photo comment feature is a result of one of the company’s hackathons, built by Bob Baldwin. Recently, he wrote on his page concerning the inspiration for the upgrade:
“When I’m talking with a friend, sometimes showing a photo helps me tell a story much better than words alone. If we’re hanging out in person, I can show a photo from my phone, but on Facebook I’d have to post a link to a photo. Now, you’ll be able to attach a photo directly when posting a comment. I hope this will make threads with friends more expressive and engaging.”
When inserting an image into a comment, users can add a message associated with it or just let the picture speak for itself. I can image the amount of memes that will permeate my own feed. Multiple images remain illusive (similar to image posting directly to the Wall). JPEGs and PNG file formats will be supported. That also means will need to still wait for the coding gods to figure out how to share animated GIFs.
When users will have access to this feature on their Pages and Events is still uncertain. It is likely you will know the minute your Aunt Betsy does. I can see all the cat memes now.
Emoticons Adds Smiley Faces to Your Status
According to the announcement, the emoticons are rolled out as part of an update to the Facebook iOS app. The same update also added additional privacy and messaging options. Right now, the emoticons are not available on Events or Pages updates though. The original update rolled out for web only in April, but the company is hoping usage will pick up soon on the feature with the iOS update this month. I mean, how else are we able to tell how our friends are really feeling?
So what do you think of all the new updates? Hype or fun additions?
Until Next Time . . .
Stay Inspired ~ Jules