The ability to add videos to comments was initially developed during Facebook’s 50th Hackathon in February, and Baldwin wrote that it is available via desktop, web, iOS and Android by clicking the camera icon next to the comment field.
Baldwin described how the feature was created during Facebook’s 50th Hackathon:
At the hackathon, we coded as quickly as we could all day, and by the evening, we could feel the pieces starting to come together. A little past midnight, we had the feature mostly working on both desktop and mobile applications. And when we demoed our hack to fellow employees the following week, they absolutely loved it. Over the past few months, we continued to refine and stabilize it as a side project we all were eager to ship.
This was no small feat to add support across interfaces and within two heavy traffic services, like comments and videos. That’d be a challenge in a month, let alone a single day. We were fortunate to have enough shared interest from the ideal engineers to get it done.
Some of the same engineers had built multimedia posts, allowing you to post photos and videos together in posts and albums, which also started at a hackathon last year.
Readers: What are your thoughts on this new feature?