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Recording, sharing videos now possible on Twitter's Direct Messages

Recording, sharing videos now possible on Twitter
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Aiming to take Twitter to a new level amid an existential crisis, the micro-blogging website is now bringing video support to Direct Messages. Twitter ...

New York (IANS): Aiming to take Twitter to a new level amid an existential crisis, the micro-blogging website is now bringing video support to Direct Messages. Twitter Inc's introduction of a search function for moving images commonly used on social media prompted users of the website to tweet their own pictures expressing enthusiasm over the feature.

Twitter said in a blog post that users could search and browse a GIF library when composing a tweet or direct message. A GIF, short for graphic interchange format, is a moving image that plays over and over again. It is often used on social media to express users' emotions.

"So if you're looking for the perfect cat yawn or dance move to express exactly how you feel, just click the new GIF button," the post said.However, on twitter.com, user will be to send videos from within Direct Messages threads, but won't be able to record them directly on the website.

A GIF button and a video support don't do much to fix those longstanding issues but they may bring the website up to compete with Facebook and Google.The phrase "Introducing GIF" was trending on Twitter, with several users tweeting their own image files in reaction. Advertising agency Wieden+Kennedy (@W2Optimism) tweeted the news with a GIF of the character Snow White clapping her hands.

A Twitter spokeswoman said rollout of the GIF search began on Wednesday and would become available to everyone.Last week, Twitter shares hit an all-time low after the company said user growth had stalled for the first time since it went public in 2013. The company has been experimenting with ways to make the site more engaging.

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