Twitter has been supporting GIFs since 2014. You could upload any GIF you found and it would automatically play in your followers’ Twitter timelines. Now you don’t even have to leave Twitter to find the perfect moving picture as the microblogging site has introduces GIF Search.
— Twitter (@twitter) February 17, 2016
GIFs are popular on Twitter, with over 100 million GIFs being shared on Twitter last year alone. It makes perfect sense that the company would make it easier for its users to express themselves through these fun GIFs. If you compose a Tweet or send a Direct Massage you can browse through Twitter’s own GIF Search library to find that perfect moving meme to sum up the current situation you’re finding yourself in.
You can browse through great GIFs like cats yawning and babies crying. If you’re also not too sure what to type into the search bar you can browse through popular GIF reactions like Happy Dance, Mic Drop and YOLO.
GIPHY delivers real-time GIFs as they happen, helping to power Twitter’s live commentary and conversation. 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.
David McIntosh, CEO and co-founder of Riffsy is excited about this partnership with Twitter:
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. We’re excited to explore this partnership with Twitter and watch Twitter users discover and share their favourite GIFs in their daily lives.