Twitter announced today that they're beginning to roll out the GIF search feature that they've been quietly testing. The feature will come to Twitter.com as well as the official Twitter apps on iOS and Android in the next few weeks.
Users will now have a GIF button to press when composing a tweet. This will allow them to search from the thousands of GIFs available through GIPHY and Riffsy.
Users can search by keyword or browse through different categories of GIFs.
Note that while the feature is rolling out in the coming weeks, Twitter already supports GIF and has since 2014. This is about providing a GIF library that users can search. In fact, Twitter says that last year alone, users shared over 100 million GIFs.
“GIPHY delivers real-time GIFs as they happen, helping to power Twitter’s live commentary and conversation,” says Alex Chung, founder and CEO of GIPHY. “GIPHY’s users are creating GIFs for news, entertainment, sports, and expression that can enrich Tweets. We’re excited to work with Twitter to make sharing these GIFs even easier.”
“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,” says David McIntosh, CEO and co-founder of Riffsy. “We’re excited to explore this partnership with Twitter and watch Twitter users discover and share their favorite GIFs in their daily lives.”
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Source: Twitter Blog