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Twitter Enables GIFs; Internet Rejoices
By: Jessica Cherok
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Let us all collectively say, “Finally!” Twitter has announced the ability to post GIFs on their site!

It’s been a long-awaited feature on Twitter. Now you can tweet your favorite GIF to all of your followers. The ability to post a GIF only works from Twitter.com, but you are able to view them on Android and iPhones. Sadly, however, the GIFs will not work on tablets.

In order to tweet the GIF, you have to save the file to your computer. Then compose a tweet as you normally would, and click “add photo.” Choose the GIF and post the tweet. Simple as that! Reaction GIFs are so much better when you don’t have to click an eternal link.

GIFs on Twitter work similar to Vine videos, meaning you can play and pause the media.

GIFs are incredibly popular, and it’s a welcome additional feature to Twitter. However, there is another social media site that has been lagging way behind on enabling GIFs. The social media giant, Facebook, does not allow for the continuously looping files to be embedded within users’ posts, though it’s probably safe to assume that now that Twitter has the ability, Facebook won’t be too far behind. 

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Jessica Cherok is an advocate for online privacy, campaigning for ethical data practices and the protection of personal privacy.
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