It’s finally here. Twitter today introduced the ability to share and view animated GIFs on Twitter.com, as well as its official Android and iPhone apps.
While animated GIFs have been supported on the service before, it required users to go through the third-party service Giphy. With today’s update, you can bypass that completely and upload GIFs directly from your PC, laptop, smartphone or tablet.
Animated GIFs are a beloved part of the Web and its official introduction on Twitter has been highly anticipated. Based on early tests, it seems animated GIFs won’t play automatically in your stream – similar to Vines and other embedded clips, users will need to press the “view photo” or play button to see them.
While that arguably detracts from the enjoyment of sharing GIFs – the way they start and loop automatically gives them much-needed impact – Twitter’s integration means they won’t negatively impact the performance of the service – which is probably for the best.