Twitter update features searching and sharing GIFs easier: The social networking site, Twitter, launched a new search function on Wednesday which would enable the users to search and send GIFs (moving images) in Tweets and Direct Messages.
Twitter announced the introduction of this new feature on February 18, 2016, via a tweet from its official Twitter Handle.
“The GIFs are coming! Get ready to search and send GIFs in Tweets and Direct Messages” –Twitter India (@TwitterIndia)
After the official announcement, the phrase “Introducing GIF” became a trend on Twitter. The users were enthusiastically expressing their feelings about the new feature by tweeting their image reaction on Twitter.
Twitter said in a blog post that this new search function would allow the users to search and browse GIF (Graphic Interchange Format) library when the users are composing a tweet or a message. GIF stands for Graphic Interchange Format and it is a moving image which plays over and over again. GIFs have become a common method to express the emotions of the users on social media. Like, if a user is searching for a cat yawn or a dance move to express their present feeling then they can simply click on the new GIF button of Twitter and browse through the available GIFs.
— Twitter India (@TwitterIndia) February 18, 2016
This new feature generated a lot of response on Twitter by the users. Some of them appreciated this feature like, the Advertising Agency Weiden+Kennedy posted a tweet with a GIF of the fictional character Snow White clapping her hands, while some users criticized this new introduction. The product manager at Context Media (a digital health care company), Arti, tweeted “Really @twitter? Seems like a low value feature to me…”
Though this feature generated a lot of mixed response, but majority of the users were satisfied with this new update. The Twitter Company has constantly been trying to make their site more engaging as its user growth has stalled for the first time since 2013, the time when it went public. the company’s shares went low last week as a result of its decline in the user count and therefore it is continuously experimenting with new features to make the site more attractive.