Following closely in the footstep of other popular social media platforms, Twitter has decided that chats and GIFs are a match made in Heaven. And as it turns out, Twitter’s testing out GIF support for both the mobile and the Windows version of the platform.
GIFs are pretty nifty ways of expressing our emotions. It would seem that the popular format do have a way when it comes to conveying complex or mixed feeling about something or someone. Moreover, the ever-popular GIF seems to be less awkward than a traditional emoticon or an emojis.
And what better way to use your run-of-the-mill GIF than in lively and entertaining chat? Well, it would seem that very soon, you will be able to use this service inside Twitter’s chat window. Moreover, Twitter’s has even invited a couple of Twitter users in order to try out the new GIFs.
According to the micro tech company, in order to be able to bring the ever popular GIFs in our backyard, Twitter had to break a deal with large GIF repositories such as GIPHY.
If we remember correctly, Tinder broke the same deal a couple of weeks ago with GIPHY, offering its users the popular service. It would seem that Twitter wants to follow the same path in order to help its users convey their feeling faster and in a cooler way.
And according to the users that tested this cool new feature, the GIF library works like a charm. Basically, all you have to do is access the emoticon function and search around for a button called “GIFs”. A window will pop up showing you a couple of ready-made GIFs, along with trending or fresh GIFs. Basically, if the service will be implemented, you will also be able to use even the GIFs found on 9Gag.
Although Twitters intention of introducing GIFs in not entirely new, the company has to do everything in its power in order to stay ahead of its competitors. And they have a lot of fighting to do since Facebook announced the live streaming support for the mobile version of the social media platform.
And to top it all up, Skype’s latest version contains an impressive library of geeky GIFs, some of them featuring funny scenes directly from Bollywood.
Twitter’s testing out GIF support and even went ahead to ask a couple of users to try out a new service. So far, all testers reported that the feature is nice, but the collection of GIFs is still too small. If the service fares well among users, it seems only natural that Twitter should broaden their palette of GIFs.