Posted on October 30, 2015
Why Twitter GIFs aren’t really Gifs
It took Twitter 9 years to support GIFs. When they did, they really just took GIF files and converted them to video. Don’t get me started on why that’s a bad idea….
More like Twitter "GIF"s, amirite? pic.twitter.com/w4PxHMk4Qx
— Doctor Popular (@DocPop) October 24, 2015
Everytime you share a GIF on Twitter, it shows up with a useless GIF watermark on the lower left hand corner. This always drove me nuts for two reasons:
*You don’t need an overlay telling you what the format of the media is that you are watching.
*It’s not a GIF, it’s an MP4 movie file.
If they had to write GIF in the corner, I thought it would be better to have it in quotes… so I made these to help convince Twitter to add quotation marks around their GIF watermark.