No More Dancing Cats: Twitter Bans Animated GIFs

Animated GIFs were a divisive issue on Twitter, but we won’t get to debate whether dancing cats are a worthy way to represent yourself for much longer: Twitter has put its foot down and is not letting users upload animated GIFs as their profile picture from here on in.

Animated GIFs have not been officially condoned by Twitter for several years, but the company hasn’t really cracked down on them until this week.

Coinciding with their newly redesigned profile page which features a cover photo, Twitter is now preventing new profile pictures from moving, dancing and twitching. According to BuzzFeed, Twitter users who currently have an animated GIF as their profile picture will not be required to change it, but if they do, they won’t be able to upload a new one. Stationary photos only!

There’s plenty of people in the Twitter community who won’t miss these often annoying moving pictures. In fact, several official Twitter apps including Twitter for iPhone and Android haven’t displayed the “animated” part of users’ animated GIFs for some time.

Twitter users aren’t really mourning the loss of these internet novelties:




Granted, some users were dismayed at the news that they could no longer upload a wacky animated pic of a unicorn flying over a rainbow, but after all of this blows over, you can bet most users won’t miss them.

How about you? Are you going to miss animated GIFs on Twitter? Let us know in the comments below.

(Banned image via Shutterstock)