GIFs are neither images nor videos. They lie just somewhere in between. It’s more like a small 5-6 second video that does not have sound. They are hugely popular on all social media channels because they make interacting with friends so much more fun. So it’s not surprising that almost all the social media and instant messaging platforms provide support for GIFs so that the users have the ability to use them in comments, posts or messages.
No matter what it is that you want to express, you will find a GIF to do it for you accurately. What shows the popularity of GIFs is the fact that Google said in a statement that users searching for them have tripled in the last five years. With this growth in popularity of GIFs, the search giant wants to make it easier for the users to share them. For doing this, the company has added a share button to the GIF image search results on its platform.
So now, when users search for a GIF on Google, instead of downloading it to use it on a different platform, he can just use the new share button in the search results. According to Kyler Blue, Product Manager for Google-owned Tenor, with the addition of the new feature the users will be able to share the GIF images directly from the Google Images search engine on mobile. He also said that the process is very simple. The user will just have to search for the appropriate media and then use a share button that will be present on the regular Android share system menu. It will allow the users to directly send the media to other platforms like WhatsApp, Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, Hangouts and others.
Google wrote on its blog post, “Shareable GIFs are made available by content creators, including our partners from streaming services, movie studios, and the YouTube community. Any content provider, GIF creator or GIF platform can submit GIFs to the new section on Google Images by either uploading GIFs to tenor.com, or connecting with Google’s partnership team via this form.”
The feature has been made available already for Google’s app for Android as well as iOS. It will also be included in the Chrome browser for Android.
Google also said, “You can find a GIF that captures exactly what you want to say. This feature will be available starting today on the Google app for iOS and Android, as well as Chrome on Android. Over time, we’ll bring directly shareable GIFs to more surfaces and mobile browsers, so it’s as easy as possible to share your personality with a cartoon, animal, or something else entirely.”
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