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SWEET. The social network we almost all use is finally letting us use our ever-so-clever photos in comments. That means no more clumsy Imgur links; now, the pics can appear directly as a comment.

Here’s how it looks:

As Facebooker Bob Baldwin put it in a public post this morning, “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. … I hope this will make threads with friends more expressive and engaging.”

Just like with so many of the Facebook features you already know and love, photo comments came out of a company hackathon. Baldwin — along with co-Facebookers Eric Faller, Zizhuang Yang, Ashwin Bharambe, Brandon Souba, and Alex Madjar — built the product overnight.

“I’m so happy to launch as this is the most exciting photos feature I’ve shipped to date!” said the man who will be everyone’s favorite nerd for the next 15 minutes or until NASA does something cool with Curiosity — whichever comes first.

To try out photo comments now, you can post to Baldwin’s thread or just wait for the public rollout.