Twitter has just joined forces with Giphy and Riffsy for its latest feature – the GIF search feature. For the past few weeks, users of the micro blogging site has noticed that it seem to be testing an in-app GIF button on Android. And now the media tech firm has now formally announced that it will be turning on this feature for its users, reports Tech Crunch.
Basing on the number of GIF tweets that users in the trial had, the recent tests went well so a launch was inevitable as the next course of action. With the formal launch in place, Twitter said that the GIF Search will become available to all Android, iOS and Twitter.com users within the coming weeks. The button or feature, according to the tech company, can also work for users when composing their public tweets and even when sending DMs too.
So how does this feature work out? When it is enabled, the user can press the GIF button to search for the image that best represents what their reaction, sentiments reflect or what they just want to use. The GIF button by the way is located within the compose tweet window. The image will appear within the tweet once it was selected instead of just seeing the link to that image in contrast to what happens when one uses GIF from Giphy or from Riffsy’s keyboard, reports Venture Beat.
Users can also search images using keywords or browse categories of reactions like “YOLO”, “mic drop”, “happy dance” etc. While the search feature being powered by Giphy and Riffsy is available to Twitter’s mobile and web apps, the feature is still not available for TweetDeck. There is still no word about whether it will be available in the near future.
Twitter’s move makes it on of the latest companies or services to embrace native GIF support. The other companies who have done so are iMessage, Facebook Messenger, Yahoo Messenger and Peach.
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