Making Your Messages Really Move

Q. What’s the fastest way to get animated GIFs into text messages?

A. Top speeds depend on various factors, like the hardware, software and user involvement. However, using a dedicated keyboard that taps into a ready library of GIF files is often a speedy way to send a visual response in a text message, a Twitter post or a conversation in the Slack communications service. Animated GIFs — those looping bits of video often taken from movies, TV shows or viral clips circulating around the web — can also be found in online libraries with links for easy sharing in messages or to social media sites.


The Facebook Messenger app can send GIF files with Google’s Gboard keyboard.

The New York Times

Keyboard apps with shortcuts to animated image collections (alongside the…

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