Twitter brings the GIFs

18 February 2016

Twitter-Logo1 To paraphrase Ronan Keating, sometimes, people say it best when they say nothing at all. Not literally nothing, as that's actually called 'ignoring', but words don't have to be the thing you use to communicate with people. You know this, from the frightening volume of hand gestures you've aimed at people.

With that, Twitter has released a built-in GIF button for everyone, which means you can tell the world you hate your commute with a little animated clip, or show off your extensive knowledge of Tina Fey eye-rolls to all and sundry.

Twitter will let you search their catalogue of animated GIFs, and share them with pals, as well as a video sharing option for your DMs (and if you don't know what DMs are in 2016, you don't deserve anyone sliding into them any time soon).

You can search for things by keywords, reactions, and categories over the next couple of weeks on iOS and Android. It'll be available on the desktop version too, obviously.

Of course, Facebook added a similar function recently, as did Tinder. We're expecting a lot of people to state the bleedin' obvious and follow it up with a mic-drop gif. Just you watch.

"So much can be expressed with GIFs, and the key is to find just the right one in the moment that quickly and efficiently expresses your emotions," said David McIntosh, chief executive and co-founder of Riffsy, which is working with Twitter. "Giphy's users are creating GIFs for news, entertainment, sports, and expression that can enrich tweets," said Alexa Chung, founder and chief executive of Giphy. "We're excited to work with Twitter to make sharing these GIFs even easier."

Will it make any money for Twitter though? [insert Kermit the Frog sipping tea gif, here]

TOPICS:   Social Media

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