GIFs have become the language of the Internet. Why bother expressing your feelings through words when you can do that through a single GIF?
For example, today during my commute someone cut me off (it was my girlfriend), so I got angry. Rather than text her some expletives, I can just use the power of a GIF. Easy, concise and universally understood.
It’s no surprise, then, that Twitter is harnessing the power of the GIF with an upcoming update. The social network says iOS and Android should start seeing integrated GIF support beginning today, as should users through the company’s website. If you don’t receive the update right away, Twitter says it might take a few days, so be patient.
Once you do have the update, you’ll see a new GIF icon, which then searches through services like GIPHY and Riffsy. Twitter says over 100 million GIFs were shared on the social network last year, so this is just a natural evolution of the service. That said, I’d expect many, many, many more GIFs to start hitting feeds over the coming weeks.
— Twitter (@twitter) February 17, 2016