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Photo comments feature now rolling out to Facebook

If you've ever seen a Facebook status update and thought that the only way you could reply to it was with a photo, we have good news for you.

The social network has started rolling out a new camera button that lets you reply to status updates with an image. The new feature is launching globally beginning now, coming first to the web and mobile website, a spokesman for the social network confirmed.

"Now you will be able to add photo comments to posts across the site," the spokesman said.

At this point, users of Facebook's mobile apps will be able to view photo comments but won't be able to post them from the app just yet. Facebook has not yet specified when the ability to post photo comments will become available from its apps.

The new feature was built by a group of Facebook engineers lead by Bob Baldwin during one of the company's hackathons. Baldwin first announced the news on his Facebook page.

"When I'm talking with a friend, sometimes showing a photo helps me tell a story much better than words alone," he wrote. "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."

Meanwhile, Facebook this week also updated its iOS app with new status update icons that let you show what you're feeling, reading, watching, or eating — a la vintage MySpace. The social network initially introduced status update icons back in April to the web version of Facebook.

Plus, even more changes are afoot. Facebook is gearing up to announce "a new product" on 20 June at its headquarters in Menlo Park, Calif.