Facebook update lets users post images in comments

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Facebook (NASDAQ:FB) is rolling out new functionality allowing users to reply to posts by inserting photos.

While Facebook has not yet formally announced the upgrade, the social network confirmed to The Verge that the new commenting feature allows desktop and mobile Web users to upload and share JPEG and PNG image files in response to status updates. While Facebook mobile app users will be able to view photo comments, they will not be able to respond with their own images until a later date. Animated GIFs are not supported.

The addition of photo comments signals Facebook's latest move to bring its platform in line with rival social networks. Last week, Facebook introduced support for hashtags, mirroring its Instagram photo-sharing application as well as rivals like Twitter, Tumblr and Pinterest. Hashtags are initially rolling out to the desktop, but a Facebook spokesperson said that support will expand to its mobile apps in the near future.

Earlier this week, TechCrunch reported that Facebook is poised to add video capture capabilities to Vine, a step to combat the rapid growth of Twitter's Vine video sharing app. The report corroborates previous rumors indicating Instagram engineers are testing video services internally, enabling users to film clips spanning from five to 10 seconds in length. Facebook is expected to formally launch the feature at a media event scheduled for 1:00 pm ET today.

Facebook's total mobile monthly active users eclipsed desktop users earlier this year and reached 751 million in the first quarter of 2013, a year-over-year increase off 54 percent. Its mobile-only MAUs also increased to 189 million, up from 157 million in the previous quarter.

For more:
- read this Verge article

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