Twitter has introduced a feature that allows users to create GIFs from the in-app camera on iOS. The new feature could be a useful way to share short clips on the platform. The option to make GIFs from the in-app camera is being rolled out in phases. As of now it is unclear if or when the feature might be coming to Android. The new feature comes after Twitter had rolled back its decision to use a twin-tab layout on the microblogging platform last week.
The option to make GIFs using in-app camera removes the need to upload full videos as it lets users share short clips to their timeline. To make GIFs on the Twitter iOS app, hit the new tweet button, tap the photo icon, then the camera icon, make sure to select the GIF mode, and then press and hold the record button.
According to The Verge, there still doesn’t appear to be a way to easily share the GIFs off the platform. If you right-click the GIF, Twitter only shows the option to Copy GIF Address. Thus there is no option to save a GIF to your computer or phone.
The feature is slowly rolling out for iOS users right now. It is unclear if or when the feature might be rolling out on Android.
Last week, Twitter had rolled back its decision to use a twin-tab layout on the microblogging platform and has switched back to the original layout that shows the latest tweets on the top. The twin-tab layout — which started rolling out earlier this month — was designed to push users to an algorithmically served timeline instead of a reverse-chronological feed. This decision caused a backlash as several users shared their criticism of the change even calling it “Twitter’s worst product decision in ages”.