Twitter has launched a new GIF button and search feature designed to help users find ready made clips to share.
The firm says over 100 million animated GIFs were shared on the service last year. Now, it hopes to make it easier to find and share them.
Earlier this month a dedicated GIF button appeared on the accounts of a small number of Twitter users and clicking the button shows rows of ready-made clips for a wide range of occasions. A GIF- short for graphical interchange format – is a bitmap image format that supports short animations. They’re hugely popular across Twitter already, in the form of links, and Facebook recently added support for GIFs within status updates.
HOW IT WORKS
- Whenever you’re composing a Tweet or Direct Message, you can search and browse the GIF library.
- To access it, just click the new GIF button.
- You can search by keyword, or browse categories of different reactions like Happy Dance, Mic Drop, or YOLO.