Twitter may have just reversed a really bad product decision, but on Tuesday it added a really good one: you can create GIFs. directly from the in-app camera on iOS. The new feature could be a useful way to share short clips on your timeline without having to upload a full video.
Here is a GIF I saved of my iPhone 12 Mini just before writing this story if you want to get an idea of what one of these GIFs looks like:
Saving the GIF was easy. In the iOS app I pressed the new tweet button, pressed the photo icon, then the camera icon, made sure I was in mode GIF and pressed the record button. (Twitter posted a handy GIF of its own showing steps.) My GIF Loops, much like Instagram’s Boomerangs, although you can have the GIF start over from the beginning if you prefer.
However, like most GIFs in tweets, there doesn’t seem to be a way to easily share them off-platform. If you right click on the GIF, Twitter only shows the “Copy Gif Address” option – there is no option to save a GIF to your computer or phone.
The feature is only available on iOS at the moment. We asked Twitter if they have any plans to bring the feature to Android.