We have some fantastic news for those of you who use Twitter on a daily basis. The social network has just announced that Twitter now supports GIFs, turning the site into an animated haven for those that love to put an animation to a status.
As we can see though, we have received many questions asking how to Tweet GIFs on Twitter on iPhone and Android. Aside from being able to post a GIF on Twitter via the web, you’ll be delighted to hear that Twitter has also extended support for posting direct on iPhone and Android too using the official Twitter apps on both devices.
— Twitter Support (@Support) June 18, 2014
The process is actually very straight forward, but perhaps a little difficult at first for those that have never done it before and are looking for the basic steps.
How to Tweet GIFS on Twitter from Web: To get you started on web, the easiest way is to find the GIF you want by performing a simple Google search. You’ll find that websites like Tumblr are very friendly with GIF support, so simply scroll to the GIF you want, save it onto your computer, rename the file to whatever you want then head onto Twitter.
Simply compose a new Tweet and click the picture icon to upload the animation you have just saved. Now, you will see that Twitter will offer a preview of your animation before you publish your Tweet. Once you click confirm, your selected Tweet will then show up as a video on everyone else’s timeline, ready to click directly from Twitter searches which is great.
How to Tweet GIFs on iPhone and Android: You can follow the same formula when wanting to post GIFs directly from mobile devices. You can even use the same method with Tumblr. If you have the Tumblr app for example, just use this and then open up the animation on Safari or your web browser.
Save the animation to your camera roll on iPhone, or picture gallery on Android, then head back to your mobile Twitter app. Now when you go to upload a picture, you’ll see a GIF icon in the corner, letting you see that your newly saved image is now a GIF that can be uploaded onto Twitter.
It is as easy as that and you’ll soon be posting animations to your heart’s content. We did a quick test for you below and it works like a charm. Don’t be surprised if we see even more World Cup 2014 gifs on Twitter now that the support is there to show direct on timelines.
— Product Reviews (@productreviews) June 19, 2014
Let us know what you think of Twitter support for GIFS – does this make Twitter even better for you now? Let us know if this short guide has helped you, or if you are still having problems on how to use GIFs on Twitter. Have fun everyone!
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