Twitter now lets you search for GIFs

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Neat, but can we collectively agree that it’s an inaccuracy to call what Twitter has “gifs”? Their particular implementation consumes an easily shareable gif and spits out an mp4 file. I understand technically why they do this, it saves them a ton on bandwidth, but it also acts as a method of trapping people to their service because it’s not simple to take the mp4 out of twitter and reuse elsewhere.

I foresee howls of rage as everybody discovers the .gif they want isn’t in there, and it includes ones they disapprove of.

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