Twitter Gives Some Users New GIF Feature

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Twitter appears to be testing a new feature in its mobile apps (at least on Android) that gives users a way to quickly access GIFs to share with their followers.

Some are seeing a GIF icon appear between the camera and poll icons when they go to compose a tweet.

TechCrunch's John Russell reports:

Phil Pearlman — told us that pushing the button lets you select trending GIFs, or click through to choose based on mood categories. That’s much like the dedicated GIF button inside Facebook Messenger, which pulls up content from Riffsy and Giphy. But at this point, we don’t know which partner/partners Twitter is working with.

It's funny how GIFs, which seem like they've been around since the dawn of time, continue to gain so much traction in 2016. Last month, Tumblr added a GIF button to its iOS app.

Twitter only added GIF support about a year and a half ago. This past November, the company introduced ScratchReel, which lets users drag back and forth on an image to rewind and fast forward it.

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