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Tinder Has Partnered up With Giphy for GIF Support


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They say a picture is worth a thousand words, but there are times when the power of the animate GIF cannot be matched by a static image.

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Ever since it acquired Tappy, the photo messaging app, last year, Tinder didn’t seem to have any plans for it. Tappy provided “the antidote to texting,” according to its own advertising, and now Tinder has partnered up with Giphy to include in its messages the internet’s favorite image format: GIFs.

From now on, if you want to send your match a GIF, just tap the blue button, and scroll through Giphy’s enormous collection of animated images. Another enhancement that comes with Tinder’s latest update is the fact that emoji are bigger and more prominent when sent via messaging, enlivening the conversation with your potential mate.

Profile pictures have also been blown up for better visibility, and you can add more directly from your camera roll. Prior to the update, you had to go through the hassle of choosing only from photos uploaded to Facebook, which wasn’t always satisfactory.

To do this, access your profile, select edit and when you tap the little plus, you will be able to choose the source location of the pictures you want to upload.

Among additional improvements is also the ability to “Like” Tinder messages – just tap the green heart that is now located next to any message. Why not ‘like’ that innocent proposal of your match, showing that you might be into whatever they are laying down?

The hook-up app also included support for 3D Touch, which brings us to the less fun news. Even though Tinder’s blog post didn’t mention this, the latest update is iOS-only for now. Users on other platforms will have to wait some more, as Tinder’s Android app was last updated in December.

Finally, the dating app promised the new version of its software will bring “significant enhancements” to the app’s speed and overall reliability.

Ever since it was launched in 2012, Tinder has acquired a certain allure as the de facto dating app for many single people. Now, the app claims that each day brings around 26 million new “matches,” globally.

The GIF support is clearly the biggest news regarding this new update, and it might seem like a small improvement. In fact, a lot of people will be hyped to hear about it, as it’s a popular means of communicating without words. Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, and other social networks have long supported the format.
Image Source: Digital Times


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