Twitter launches GIF search feature for all platforms

Last Updated: 18 February, 2016
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Twitter has officially announced the GIF search feature for tweets and direct messages on all platforms, including iOS, Android and the Web. The company has been testing the GIF button on Android a few weeks ago, and now the company has made it available for all users.

Twitter said on Wednesday in a blog post that users could search and browse a GIF library when composing a tweet or direct message. “So if you’re looking for the perfect cat yawn or dance move to express exactly how you feel, just click the new GIF button,” the post said.

The GIF search is powered by Giphy and Riffsy, and that these two companies are behind the GIF search feature in Facebook Messenger.

‘Last year, people on Twitter shared over 100 million GIFs — expressing everything from their mood, to an amazing dunk, to their favorite dance move from a music video,’ the firm said.

Just like Messenger, you can choose GIFs on Twitter using a range of pre-selected categories — like “awesome”, “agree”, “dance” — or by searching for specific terms.

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