Twitter has introduced the GIF support on Twitter.com along with Android and iPhone apps. Users can view and share GIFs, the animated images on continuous loop, on all these platforms. Twitter announced the support for GIF with a tweet that contains a GIF stating, “Starting today, you can share and view animated GIFs on Twitter.com, Android and iPhone”.
GIFs will now appear in your timeline with a play button. In order to access the GIFs, users will have to click a play button, or, if you open the tweet itself, it will play automatically. GIFs can be uploaded in a similar way you upload photos through the gallery button under the text box. Users could previously share GIFs to the service through Twitpic, but now thwy have a dedicated GIF support with Twitter.com.
Twitter has also gained a new advantage over Facebook when it became the latest social network to support animated GIFs after Tumblr, Pinterest and Google Plus. Google added GIF support to Google+ early in 2013, Pinterest also rolled out GIF support in January. Facebook has still kept a distance from these animated GIFs. Let’s hope Facebook users will also get support for animated GIFs conversations on their timelines.
Source: Twitter Support