Twitter Introduces GIF Search on Mobile and the Web

By Brandy Shaul Comment

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Twitter has announced the addition of GIF search to its platform on iOS, Android and the Web. The feature will allow users to search for GIFs to add to tweets and direct messages without leaving the Twitter app or website.

With this update, when composing a tweet or direct message on the mobile Twitter app, users can tap on the new GIF icon to browse the GIF library. Users can search for GIFs by keyword, or browse GIF categories based on themes. GIFs are pulled from Giphy and Riffsy.

In a blog post, Alex Chung, founder and CEO of Giphy, commented:

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.

GIF search will roll out to users globally over the coming weeks.

Readers: Are you excited about Twitter’s new GIF search feature?