Twitter now supports animated GIFs

Have you been dying to share your emotions in the form of an animated GIF on Twitter? That's been impossible since the social network first launched, as it automatically compresses images into JPG files, but now that's changed – starting today, users can tweet animated GIFs on the Twitter website as well as its Android and iPhone apps.

The social network's support account announced the news with a tweet containing an animated GIF. As with the network's previous image system, the interface shows that GIFs will also be compressed for speedier viewing on the mobile-centric platform. The image in the support account's tweet, seen below, animates when clicked.

Unfortunately for Windows Phone users, Twitter's app for Microsoft's smartphone operating system doesn't yet support tweeting animated GIFs. Given that the Twitter app for Windows Phone hasn't been updated since November, it seems unlikely the support will be added anytime soon, especially since several other significant updates haven't been added to the app when its Android and iOS counterparts received them.

Source: Twitter Support

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GreatMarkO said,
I wish they'd bring back support for transparent .png profile images! :(

It smells like Twitter is processing every single image. Why?, who knows?.

Animated GIFs is one of the cornerstones of "teh intarwebs". And Twitter is mostly full of random junk anyway, so why not. My only beef with GIFs is that the format is antiquated. Better lossy compression (based upon XviD or something) in 24-bit color space would be nice.

xankazo said,
Twitter abandoned Windows 8/Windows Phone users, period.

This was obviously posted before the update.

MP4 is supported natively in WP. Gif is not.

Shadowzz said,

Windows phone does not support gifs. Dont blame twitter

Twitter converts the GIF to an MP4 -- right click on the animation in the embedded tweet. And tumblr's Windows Phone app also supports animated GIFs. So Twitter is absolutely to blame.

xankazo said,
Twitter abandoned Windows 8/Windows Phone users, period.

Yes this is very frustrating :( it's one of my most used apps on Windows 8 but god damn does it need an update...

Anthony Tosie said,

Twitter converts the GIF to an MP4 -- right click on the animation in the embedded tweet. And tumblr's Windows Phone app also supports animated GIFs. So Twitter is absolutely to blame.

I don't use twitter, and far from every application does that.

Shadowzz said,

I don't use twitter, and far from every application does that.

I don't understand your response. It doesn't matter if you don't use Twitter, Windows Phone can support its implementation. I never said every application does something, but even then I don't know what you're referring to that you think I implied every application does.