Facebook Rolls Out Update, Allows Users to Insert Photos into Comments


Some estimates suggest that there are somewhere in the vicinity of 208,300 photos uploaded to Facebook every day. Of those, exactly zero are uploaded as part of comment threads. Up until now, Facebook users fond of replying to their friends statuses with photos were forced to insert a link. The newest update out of the Facebook camp suggests that this will no longer be an issue.

According to The Next Web, Facebook has decided to allow its users to insert images into comments, and they’re starting to roll out the update today. The feature was integrated into Facebook’s system by Bob Baldwin, who took part in one of Facebook’s recent hackathons. Speaking about the update on his Facebook page, he explains:

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.


It will take a some time for the feature to roll out to everyone, but once it does, you’ll see a small camera icon appear on the right side of the comment bar. For now, the feature is only available on the website itself, with integration into mobile apps arriving shortly.

Both JPEG and PNG are currently supported, with the almighty GIF still conspicuously absent. To see if the feature has made its way onto your News Feed, just log on to your Facebook account and look for the little camera icon.

(via The Next Web)

  • 3ric15

    I believe hash tags have been enabled also.

  • IamStargoat

    Sigh.. I haven’t even gotten the new newsfeed yet and I joined the list as soon as it became available. Ive missed this feature though. Better than having to link to another website whenever you want to reply with an image.

  • Gman


  • Nathan Blaney

    Of all the changes FB has made, this is one I really like. Being able to respond with a photo in a photography related discussion makes a ton of sense and is something I’ve wanted for a long time. No doubt, it’ll get used for all kinds of other nonsense, but I welcome this change!

  • geodesigner

    You know where this will lead. And I’m very pleased.

  • Anthony Burokas

    I’ve been responding with Photos for years. Now, they have to already be uploaded to Facebook, but, unless I’m mistaken, people have already been doing that. So once a photo is in the borg, putting the URL to that photo in a comment also populated the comment with the photo.

    Admittedly this is easier, and they don’t have to pre-exist somewhere on Facebook, but “Exactly zero” are the threads I’ve seen where there are NO photos in the comments.