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Twitter Rolls Out GIF Button (usatoday.com) 81

Twitter is rolling out a new GIF button on iOS, Android, and the Web so users can now search for GIFs by keyword. They can then insert them directly into their tweets and direct messages with a single tap. According to Twitter, "more than 100 million GIFs were shared on Twitter last year... [the company] is looking to GIFs as another way to increase engagement on the service that is struggling with slowing user growth."
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Twitter Rolls Out GIF Button

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  • So, whose GIFs can you share? Surely sharing on Twitter to share a GIF doesn't give Twitter and the rest of the world the right to use it?

    Twitter seems to be assuming anything posted is fair game for everybody else to reuse.

    • by RobotRunAmok ( 595286 ) on Wednesday February 17, 2016 @04:05PM (#51529773)

      Since their user base is dropping every month and their investors have gotten out the long knives, they've hit upon this scheme to entice lawyers to join the service and log in frequently, looking for cases they can prosecute on behalf of Big Media clients. Up to this point, lawyers, known for their long-windedness, have shied away from Twitter due to its 140-character limitations...

    • Yeah because all those lawsuits against the GIF sharing community.

      • Depends entirely on what it's a GIF of, and there's always always always a lawyer lurking.

        Are you suggesting that Twitter magically has copyright to every GIF ever posted to Twitter? I'm betting they don't.

        You can have a GIF of pretty much anything, including things which are copyrighted.

        • I'm suggesting it's not an issue for the same reason people sharing images, gifs, videos, etc isn't an issue for a bazillion other websites that have been in operation for a very long time.

    • Why GIF? Surely a PNG button would have less licencing issues
  • by RobotRunAmok ( 595286 ) on Wednesday February 17, 2016 @04:00PM (#51529745)

    Civilization is saved.

  • Why the sudden implementation of gifs now? They're about 15 years too late... shouldn't they be pushing for gifv/webm?
    • Why the sudden implementation of gifs now? They're about 15 years too late... shouldn't they be pushing for gifv/webm?

      Simple. It's because of smartphones and a particular technical limitation about gifs that makes them suitable for viewing on smartphones...

      The thing about gifs is that they are unable to play sound, which means you can be 100% sure you can view one on your smartphone without risking notifying everyone within earshot that you're watching this or that video clip.

      • The thing about gifs is that they are unable to play sound, which means you can be 100% sure you can view one on your smartphone without risking notifying everyone within earshot that you're watching this or that porn clip.

        FTFY

    • webm is an avi-like format that allows sound -- do not want. We really should use APNGs instead of GIFs, but crappy browsers don't support them.

  • Maybe the Twitterverse can finally lay rest the argument over Giraffe or Gift pronunciation argument.
  • This company is worth tens of billions of dollars. They just increased their value by 40% by this "GIF sharing" technology in the cloud.
  • by PopeRatzo ( 965947 ) on Wednesday February 17, 2016 @04:29PM (#51529975) Journal

    I for one am really excited about this new feature:

    https://i.imgur.com/P82GvlT.gi... [imgur.com]

    https://s-media-cache-ak0.pini... [pinimg.com]

    • by lgw ( 121541 )

      IAintClickinThatShit.jpg

      • IAintClickinThatShit.jpg

        Where's your sense of adventure?

        • by lgw ( 121541 )

          Been on /. too long to be goatse trolled. (Every wonder why every URL in a comment has the destination auto-displayed by Slashcode? Entirely because of links to goatse.cx)

          • Been on /. too long to be goatse trolled.

            I have too much respect for you and for my own trolling abilities to ever stoop to a goatse troll.

    • by Anonymous Coward

      Certified SafeToClick by Anonymous Coward.

  • More cat animated gifs.. #WTF #NoThankYou

  • for those who are challenged by the use of overly complex things like writing and speaking. How soon until the masses speak a different language on the street and can't even comprehend the language the laws are written in or business is conducted in. Makes controlling them much easier...
    This post brought to you by the letter :(

  • by Shadow of Eternity ( 795165 ) on Wednesday February 17, 2016 @05:44PM (#51530473)

    Twitter's hemorrhaging on all counts as they continue to enable and even hire some of the most toxic bigots and abusers on their platform while shadowbanning and harassing those people's victims.

  • Wow, a button that lets you insert a GIF. This bold innovation is almost off the scale.

  • That's a hard gee, FYI. I don't care who says otherwise.

  • Which part of #RIPTwitter don't you GET?

    • by Mashiki ( 184564 )

      Don't worry, they're busy listening to the serial harasser Randi Harper on how to save twitter, and ignoring the plebs.

  • You cannot be serious, is this a sample of the brand new technology focused slashdot, a gif that you can insert into your twitter feeds?
  • by Anonymous Coward

    Those are those things you download from CompuServe right?

  • Even before, users started to post pictures of big smileys instead of posting just a smiley (or more appropriate: Clicking the fab button without any reply).

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