How-to: Sync your WhatsApp on your PC Chrome browser

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Good news WhatsApp-o-holic! If you’re constantly on WhatsApp, you can now use/sync your WhatsApp on your PC using Google Chrome browser. Yep, I did specifically stated ‘Google Chrome’ browser only – won’t work with any other browser.  But before you jump in joy and start telling the whole world, you need to know the rest of the story. The WhatsApp Web is currently available for Android smartphone users only.

So if you’re in the office and you don’t want to be seen staring on your mobile screen all the time, then it’s a good time you get connected with WhatsApp Web. Here’s a simple how-to guide for you:

STEP 1: Launch Google Chrome on your PC.

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Make sure you have the latest version of Google Chrome installed. If you don’t, do upgrade it with just a simple click of a button.

STEP 2: Goto WhatsApp for Web

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Key in the URL http://web.whatsapp.com on your Google Chrome and the WhatsApp Web page will load.  Once loaded, you will see a unique QR Code on screen. You will need to scan that OR Code but not with your usual QR Code scanner. The latest version of WhatsApp will have the feature built-in and will launch its own scanner.

STEP 3: Launch WhatsApp on your Android smartphone

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WhatsApp Web is only available on Android’s version of WhatsApp. On the ‘Chat List’ screen, click on the option button for more features. You will see ‘WhatsApp Web’, click that and it will launch its built-in QR Code scanner.

STEP 4: Scan the QR Code on your Google Chrome

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The QR Code on Google Chrome will refresh periodically so you will get the latest QR Code. Scan the QR Code with your smartphone and it will immediately sync and duplicate your message screen on Google Chrome. Click on any of your chat list and go crazy chatting using your PC keyboard.

For some reason, I’ve got a strong feeling that workplace productivity will drop by another 20-30% with this new WhatsApp Web feature. So do careful with office time and don’t abuse it. Have fun!

Ello & Tsū – Are these new social networks the next big thing?

Ello & Tsu

Two new social networks emerged recently and I kept saying to myself, what for? Facebook is already so popular and we haven’t really fully explored Google Plus yet. Do we really need another social network?

Well, I’m pretty sure I haven’t got the answer but I’m going to find out what’s the buzz all about.

I first created my Ello account two months ago, just for the sake having an account. I’m hardly active there and I’ve only got one follower. Then just a day ago, I decided to create my profile on Tsū and do a little discovering on both social networks.

Ello requires an invite to register and account while Tsu requires you to know somebody who already has an account there in order to be able to sign up.

ello-logo1What is Ello?

So Ello (https://www.ello.co) is yet another social network site but created by a small group of artists and designers. The minimalistic-looking social network site is originally built for private use but eventually a public version was opened up. Hmm… sounds familiar. Now where have I heard this from?

Now Ello pride itself as an AD-FREE social network that doesn’t sell ads nor they sell your data to anyone third parties. The creators think that ads are tacky and insult our intelligence and that we’re better without them. Well, I’ll drink to that. No more ads on my timeline. However, Ello do occasionally offer special features to its users and its completely free to use.

tsu-logoWhat is Tsū?

Tsū (https://www.tsu.co) is another free to use social network and its name comes from the appreciation of Japanese aesthetic. Tsū was created by Evacuation Complete, LLC, a Texas corporation in 2008.

Tsū has got a very opposite approach as compared to its competitors, while Ello is ad-free; Tsū wants to share its ad revenues with its users. Tsu’s approach is to instead embrace the user as a product, and to sell data to advertisers and share the profits with the users as compensation.

So how effective are these social networks to marketers? I haven’t got a clue yet but I’m really dying to find out. If you’re interested to find out more about these sites yourself, I’ve got some invites left from my Ello account. And you can create your Tsū account by using my code below.

ello.co/galvintan tsu.co/galvintan
https://ello.co/galvintan https://tsu.co/galvintan

How Secure Is Your Password?

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If you think your password is secure enough, think again. That one common problem that most of us are facing today is that we have way too many internet accounts which require way too many password variations to remember. While some logins only require a 6-digit numeric password, others can be way too complex with case-sensitive alphanumeric characters.

Many of us often have the habit of using something dear or close to our heart as password and many of these passwords are often our birth date, mobile phone numbers, ID numbers and our previously owned car plate numbers. This is rather alarming and something we often ignore – when something is most dear to us, is often that something can be used against us.

8 Character PasswordHere’s an example of how fast it is to crack an eight character password.

I know some friends of mine who have a set of fixed passwords for their frequently used accounts, and I have to admit that I too share the same habit of recycling some old passwords for different accounts. While your passwords are somewhat safe with you, a simple password cracking PC software can easily crack your password and access your account faster than you can say ‘Oh my gosh, my account have been hacked!’.

How Secure Is My Password?

So, if you really want to keep your Internet and web accounts safe, try using something you’re less familiar with. Sure, remembering your password would be a hell but it sure is better than having some stranger going through your personal accounts and documents without your knowledge. So once you’ve got a preferred password in mind, do a quick cross-checking with HowSecureIsMyPassword.net just to see how secure your password is. Most likely, your password choice can be cracked with a desktop PC is less than 10 minutes. So pick one which will take novemdecillion years to do so!

[Source: HowSecureIsMyPassword.net]

Symantec: Top 5 Social Media Attacks in 2013

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While social networks play an important part in my life, it could also potentially destroy my life. Today, there are hundreds of social networking sites that connect us in ways that were never even thought of a decade ago. While social networks are a great way to keep in touch with friends and family, they can also be used against us. By being just a little conscious of what personal information gets out to other people can be very instrumental in keeping our important information safe and private, where it belongs.

As we welcome 2014, learn how to stay vigilant and protect yourself on social networks. Knowing the common social media attacks will help us to know what to look out for. The following are the Top 5 Social Media Attacks in 2013 and a description of what they are.

Top 5 Social Media Attacks, 2013 (Source: Symantec)

Fake Offering.
These scams invite social network users to join a fake event or group with
incentives such as free gift cards. Joining often requires the user to share credentials with
the attacker or send a text to a premium rate number.

Fake Plug-in Scams.
Users are tricked into downloading fake browser extensions on their machines. Rogue browser extensions can pose like legitimate extensions but when installed can steal sensitive information from the infected machine.

Likejacking.
Using fake “Like” buttons, attackers trick users into clicking website buttons that install malware and may post updates on a user’s newsfeed, spreading the attack.

Fake Apps.
Applications provided by attackers that appear to be legitimate apps; however, they contain a malicious payload. The attackers often take legitimate apps, bundle malware with them, and then re-release it as a free version of the app.

Manual Sharing Scams.
These rely on victims to actually do the hard work of sharing the scam by presenting them with intriguing videos, fake offers or messages that they share with their friends.

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Protect yourself from social media traps with these simple steps
Here are a few simple tips you can follow to protect yourself on social networks:

  • Be Discrete: Be careful of what you post in your profile page, a forum, instant message, or any form of electronic communication to help thwart possible ID theft of other forms of malicious threats. Stuff like personal and business names, addresses, phone numbers, birth dates etc. are potentially dangerous to have fully exposed. Be more general in your posts/information making it harder for someone to potentially use the information against you.
  • Skepticism is your friend: While social network sites have tons of useful and useless information, it is important that you keep a high level of skepticism. People often lie for their own gain, or just spout rubbish out of ignorance.
  • Think Before You Speak You Mind: Although the internet does provide a small level of anonymity things can sometimes come back and bite you in the rear. This includes anything from obscenity, insults, or wild statements. Be chill, be professional. Simply put, think before you type.
  • Professionalism is your friend: Everything you put online including the photos, videos and status updates are there for the world to see. Only post information that you don’t mind people knowing. Besides cyber thieves, often university admissions teams and potentials employers will look at your social networking profile to find out more about you. So be sensible and professional.
  • Be Vigilant: Well ever think if that person you’re talking to is who they say they are? People aren’t always who they say they are. And until you can somehow verify the information they give you, never reveal any personal, financial, or business information.
  • Check Your Privacy Settings: Social networks have sometimes been notorious for allowing others to see your information, even if they are not your “friend”. However, they will also have available their privacy guidelines/rules. Review the privacy settings and restrict the access to your personal information.
  • Beware of fake invitations: Beware of fake invitations on social media. Do not accept invitations to events with incentives such as free gifts on social networks. Joining usually requires personal and credit information, which could open you up to fraud or attacks.

 

[Photo source: RawStory.com]

Goodies for Budding Entrepreneurs during P1-Rakuten Going e-Commerce Today (GET) Seminar

P1-Rakuten GET Seminar

I attended the P1-Rakuten Going e-Commerce Today (GET) Seminar at Packet Hub in Petaling Jaya and it is a something worth a mention. This free seminar is jointly organised by P1 and Rakuten Online Shopping, which offers a glimpse into e-Commerce for budding entrepreneurs just like me. In the U.S., Forrester is projecting that online retail sales will reach $370 billion by 2017, up from $231 billion in 2013 and it’s high time for more Malaysians to get their business online.

The keynote speakers include Mr.Masaya Ueno, CEO of Rakuten Malaysia (Bringing Malaysian Business Online), Mr.Johanqz Ooi, Founder of Heppiface (Social Media Marketing for Your Business) and Ms.Lim Hui Ling, P1 Product & Services (ICT Services to enable e-Commerce).

Rakuten Masaya UenoRakuten Malaysia CEO, Masaya Ueno explaining the Rakuten eco-system and the business model of Rakuten.

Rakuten, is a Japanese electronic commerce and Internet company based in Tokyo, Japan. Its B2B2C e-commerce platform Rakuten Ichiba is the largest e-commerce site in Japan and among the world’s largest by sales. In 2012, Rakuten expanded their presence in Malaysia and it was an instance hit since then. Rakuten Malaysia, headed by CEO Masaya Ueno, empowers merchants with the same online platform with strong online traffic to encourage more Malaysian businesses to go online. Rakuten is a great online shopping platform for budding entrepreneurs to get a good start in e-Commerce or online retail sales.

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P1’s Product & Services specialist, Ms Lim Hui Ling presenting P1’s enterprise solution BizVoice Basic and BizVoice Hosted.

High-speed broadband with voice provider, P1 also presented their business solutions for small business owners to bring their business online. During the seminar, P1’s Product & Services specialist, Ms Lim Hui Ling presented the BizVoice Basic and Hosted solutions – BizVoice Basic works with any keyphone/PABX telephone systems with broadband connectivity and the BizVoice Hosted manages all business voice needs in one platform with intra and inter office calls for FREE. Both solutions are indeed a great ‘starter kit’ or I call it a business tool for small business owners to really kick start their brick and mortar and even online business.

HeppiFace co-founder, Mr. Johangz Ooi giving tips on gaining more market by doing Social Media right.

HeppiFace co-founder, Mr. Johangz Ooi giving tips on gaining more market by doing Social Media right.

Also speaking at the seminar is the founder of HeppiFace, Mr Johangz Ooi. HeppiFace is a Social Media and Facebook marketing company that helps businesses to market on Facebook and other social media platforms. Mr. Johangz shares his knowledge and gave tips on how to gain more business using Facebook and other social media platforms available. He also advised all budding entrepreneurs to start educating themselves on social media and current trends if they really want to excel in their online business.

Mr. Johangz Ooi of HeppiFace, Mr. Masaya Ueno of Rakuten Malaysia and Ms. Lim Hui Ling of P1 answer questions from the floor.

Mr. Johangz Ooi of HeppiFace, Mr. Masaya Ueno of Rakuten Malaysia and Ms. Lim Hui Ling of P1 answer questions from the floor.

Before the end of the seminar, the audience are given chance to ask questions during the Q&A session. The seminar was indeed a treat for everyone who attended it. I hope that P1 and Rakuten will organise more of such seminar and even workshops in the near future. If you would like to find out more of such seminar, do follow P1 on their official Facebook page.

“Thank You For Catching Us,” Says Serge Norguard To Harinder Singh.

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The Saga of Dustyhawk a.k.a Serge Norguard, the creator of ‘Sweet Young Malaysian Girls’ blog, continues with yet another twist in his latest and desperate story of the whole shebang. His next move is to tell everyone that what he did was a social experiment and maintain that he did not contribute to the blog but admitted that he did “lie about [his] involvement in it”.

You can read more about the story here: http://says.com/my/news/sweet-young-malaysian-girls-blog-controversy

In his defense, he wrote another piece of article on his blog claiming that everything he did was a social experiment started 3 months ago – you can read more about his post here below: (we figured that he could be baiting for more clicks to his blog so we decided to start sharing his blog instead.)

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By Serge Norguard in Life on 27 November, 2013 at 3:44

Well now, we have been caught and about time too, so to Harinder Singh.. Thank you for catching us. As you all know SWEET YOUNG MALAYSIAN GIRLS was the talk of the internet and even on the newspaper for the past two days. And we confess that Iwe were experimenting with all of you, friends, acquaintances and such.

This experiment began in late August where a three month testing to see was the impact our non-sexual blog could do to the masses. The malaysian masses to be precised.

Our objectives was to see how fast we could make enemies and have my friends turn against me. At the same time I wanted to see who would defend me. The ratio of enemies made to friends who turned against us to friends who defended our action was at 10:3:1 during the first day of the incident.

Of course we must not forget the ignorant who has all the evidence but still believes or vice versa

Though we did make a press statement that we did not contribute, which is true. However, we did lie about our involvement in it. Images was sourced from tumblr and then redistributed back to the blog. Whether you want to believe in us or not is a different subject matter altogether but it was an integral part with what we are doing.

Then the posting began and since the source had names in it, we use the names and use tags that should drag in people to see. For the first two months it did not work at all. We needed something big something that could make a difference. It hit us like a cannonball, what we lack was a name to associate with, a reputation of sorts. Not just any reputation but one that has a big impact in the malaysian social media scene.

Serge Norguard of Dustyhawk who had been in the scene for ten years plus. What better name to use than his? No one, so we place him as a contributor and place a hyperlink to his blog. Unfortunately nothing happen. Then in the last 96 hours, we were bombarded with loads of stats and demands from people that we did not know to take down the website.

Eventually we did take down the website and then place a faux press statement. A statement to deny our involvement in it. Of course we lied in our statement and when the time was right, we deployed a video that we knew it will be the death of us. That video in general was to show that we were not involved but we still let that part of the autocomplete to show.

And then all hell breaks loose. With the result that we have gotten we can say that nearly all are lemmings and have a herd mentality. We also discovered that many of you have fallacies of the following categories during the first few hours of discovering the blog site.

Argument from ignorance
All of you assume we were guilty because of the link at the footer that pointed back to this website. You all ignored the fact that it was a link and could have been placed to put blame on the person involved. Because it has not been proven false or true, the people was split into two. The one who believed that we are the contributor and those who did not.

Argument from (personal) incredulity (divine fallacy, appeal to common sense) 
Common sense would have stated that we would not do such a thing because we have been good for ten over years. If you have been following this blog you will know that we never once tell our true self. Also if you have seen us in real life, we rarely talk about our self. Therefore, we give a falsehood of us being good.

Ecological fallacy –
With our Internet Babes (now removed), all of you assumed that we were the contributors based solely upon what was seen and collected. Kinda like how we say that all Indians are good and lying because how fast their tongues twist and turn when speaking their mother tongue.

Cherry picking (suppressed evidence, incomplete evidence) / Association fallacy 
act of pointing at individual cases or data that seem to confirm a particular position, while ignoring a significant portion of related cases or data that may contradict that position. Because of my confession that i love young girls, all of you cherry picked that i was the culprit.

From a blog standpoint, this site has received an average of 15000 views, a sudden increase in comments where we usually get none.. we now have 10 over comments and all of this is still on going. It is true what Robert Greene said in his 48 Laws of Power Blogging.

Law 2 – Never put too Much Trust in Friends, Learn how to use Enemies.
This statement says it all.

Law 3 – Conceal your Intentions
If you had known, this social experiment would have failed

Law 6 – Court Attention at all Cost
Everything is judged by its appearance; what is unseen counts for nothing. Never let yourself get lost in the crowd, then, or buried in oblivion. Stand out. Be conspicuous, at all cost. Make yourself a magnet of attention by appearing larger, more colorful, more mysterious, than the bland and timid masses.

Law 8 – Make other People come to you – use Bait if Necessary
Linkbaiting

Law 17 – Keep Others in Suspended Terror: Cultivate an Air of Unpredictability
With nearly all the good post that we have written, you would never have expected this at all.

Law 25 – Re-Create Yourself
As a blogger and we like to rise to the top, being in control of our own image as opposed to letting you dictating it. With this – we have created one of our choosing.

Law 31 – Control the Options: Get Others to Play with the Cards you Deal
We knew what we were doing and knew that you would get angry. Who would have thought that you’ll fall for it.

Law 35 – Master the Art of Timing
Law 39 – Stir up Waters to Catch Fish
Enough said.

Law 44 – Disarm and Infuriate with the Mirror Effect
The mirror reflects reality, but it is also the perfect tool for deception: When you mirror your enemies, doing exactly as they do, they cannot figure out your strategy. The Mirror Effect mocks and humiliates them, making them overreact. By holding up a mirror to their psyches, you seduce them with the illusion that you share their values; by holding up a mirror to their actions, you teach them a lesson. Few can resist the power of Mirror Effect.

On a personal standpoint, our allies of today are now enemies of tomorrow. This was a really exciting experiment and we love how all of you took part in it, whether you like it or not. We never did intend to have this experiment to blow out of proportion but with your herd mentality it has. So why didn’t we mention it was an experiment? By letting you know early on it was an experiment the results of our finding will go down the drain.

We do apologize for all the things that has happen, you all have been a wonderful audience and with that said. Thank you all, now we can start a new persona. To our friends who supported us but was betrayed, you never really knew us.

“I said in my alarm, ‘Every man is a liar!’ “(Psalms 116:11) Is David telling the truth or is he lying? If it is true that every man is a liar, and David’s statement, “Every man is a liar” is true, then David also is lying; he, too, is a man. But if he, too, is lying, his statement: “Every man is a liar,” consequently is not true. Whatever way you turn the proposition, the conclusion is a contradiction.

Since David himself is a man, it follows that he also is lying; but if he is lying because every man is a liar, his lying is of a different sort. (But the statement does not need to be taken as absolute; a man can be a liar without lying at every opportunity. It only takes one lie to be a liar, and even a regular liar may tell the truth on occasion.

Had the statement been: ‘Every man lies at every opportunity, and therefore not a word of truth is ever spoken by a man’, a case could have been made for the existence of a paradox in what David reportedly said, although this also would probably have a perfectly rational explanation based entirely on semantics.)”

Welcome to the liar’s paradox and read ad hominem too.

-END-

Oh yeah, I’ve removed the hyperlink below to prevent any accidental clicks, now we don’t want to be giving him more free clicks, do we?

http://dustyhawk.net/personal/friends-enemies-social/

Are You A Giraffe? Take The Great Giraffe Challenge (Facebook Riddle)

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So if you’ve been noticing quite a number of your friends on Facebook are changing their profile pic to a picture of Giraffe, they are most likely a victim of The Giraffe Challenge, a Facebook riddle that’s been going on for the past few days. I too, am a Giraffe and it’s all in the name of fun.

The Great Giraffe Challenge is a pretty straight forward game, all you need to do is to accept a challenge to solve a Facebook riddle. If you win, you get to keep your profile picture, and if you lose, you’re a Giraffe and you need to change your Facebook profile pic to a picture of a Giraffe. Be a good sport and have fun, many of my friends did. And you too can play along and try to get others to take this challenge too. All you need to do it to copy and paste the riddle below and update it on your Facebook status.

So are you ready for the challenge? Here’s the riddle:

I tried to answer a riddle and got it WRONG. Try the great giraffe challenge! The deal is I give you a riddle. You get it right you get to keep your profile pic. You get it wrong and you change your profile pic to a giraffe for the next 3 days. MESSAGE ME ONLY SO YOU DON’T GIVE OUT THE ANSWER.

“Here is the riddle: 3:00 am, the doorbell rings and you wake up. Unexpected visitors – it’s your parents and they are there for breakfast. You have strawberry jam, honey, wine, bread and cheese. What is the first thing you open?”

REMEMBER, PRIVATE MESSAGE ME ONLY. If you get it right I’ll post your name here. If you get it wrong, you have to change your profile picture to a Giraffe!

Now do you accept this challenge? Then tell me the answer, PM (private message) me on http://www.facebook.com/galvintandotcom and I will tell you whether you got it right or wrong.

And if you’ve already tried and got it wrong, don’t share your answer. Let there be more giraffes! So Giraffe away and have fun!

WeChat Announces Partnership with Chatime And Celebrates with 1 Million Cups

Lisa Surihani (WeChat Ambassador), Bryan Loo (MD of Chatime Malaysia), Louis Song (Country Manager - Tencent) & Shaheizy Sam (WeChat Ambassador)

WeChat, currently the number one mobile social communication application in the country, today announces their partnership with Chatime, the top lifestyle tea provider in Malaysia. In celebration of this strategic partnership, WeChat users will get an opportunity to redeem and purchase 1 million cups of Chatime through digital coupons made available via the WeChat platform.

WeChat offers brands the opportunity to engage their users and also reward them with unique and exclusive promotion. It is reported that the 1 million cups of Chatime is worth over RM6 million. This collaboration is not only to enhance connectivity and interaction of WeChat users but also to reward them.

Chatime Malaysia now has an ‘Official Account’ on WeChat. Chatime strives to be in line with many new advancement in technology, shifting gear and going beyond social media reach out to our existing and communication apps for fast, easy and usually free communication with their friends and loved ones. In 2010, Chatime Malaysia boomed into the beverage industry in Malaysia thanks to effective use of the social media platforms.

From today until 27 October 2013, WeChat users will be able to purchase and enjoy their second cup of Chatime at RM1 with every purchase of a normal priced beverage. In order to redeem this exclusive promotion, they would need to simply present the voucher on their phone upon ordering at any Chatime outlets in Malaysia.

Photos from the launch is available for viewing here. For more information, you can visit www.WeChat.com and www.Chatime.com.my

Photo Caption: (from L to R) Lisa Surihani (WeChat Ambassador), Bryan Loo (MD of Chatime Malaysia), Louis Song (Country Manager – Tencent) & Shaheizy Sam (WeChat Ambassador) posing for photo opportunity during the celebration launch and Chatime HQ.

Photo credit: Cik Lily Putih

Super-Fit Mum Maria Kang asks, ‘What’s Your Excuse?’

Super-fit mom, Maria Kang

A California-based writer and fitness blogger is currently in hot water after posting a photo of herself with her three boys on her Facebook page. Maria Kang, 32 posted a photo of herself in sports bra and shorts, showing off her well-toned body with her three boys on the floor with the caption “What’s Your Excuse?”. This sparks fury to some Facebook users (mostly women) whom accused her of being a bully and fat-shaming many mothers who are less ‘healthy-looking’ than her.

After more than 20,000 Facebook shares and receiving more than 30,000 comments, she just can’t shake away from critics calling her a bully and who demanded an apology from her. So in reply to these critics, Kang issued a faux-pology, pointing out she’s not naturally skinny and works relentlessly to stay in shape. If you interpreted her post as a dig at other mums, she says, that’s not her fault. It’s yours.

Now I’m not going to comment about these critics but rather to point out what I first see from the photo itself. It’s inspiring. It’s motivating and it’s definitely mesmerizing to see a pretty lady with a hot body and only to find out that she is a mother of three lovely boys. I do not feel angry but I actually feel motivated after seeing her photo. She is truly amazing, I thought.

I guess in life, there will always be haters and people who see things differently from us. But before we pass any judgment upon a good intention, it’s best to ask yourself why you would think otherwise.

 

[Picture Source: Facebook]

Animated GIF for Facebook

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Did you know that Facebook once supported animated GIF? Well, of course you don’t. So here’s the story.

During the early days, animated GIFs are supported on Facebook. But Mark and his team decided that they don’t want to look like MySpace with all the blinking images, they decided to ditch the support. But the animated GIF is making its way back to Facebook on Thursday, thanks to GIF search engine Giphy.

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Giphy worked with Facebook to allow users to share and embed GIFs from giphy.com, at least until Facebook supports the animated GIF natively on its platform.

 

[Source: Mashable]
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