Skip to main content

Twitter opens the high-quality GIF floodgates with new expanded size limit

Twitter is continuing its trend of increasing the size limit for media uploads on its platforms, with its latest update concerning GIFs.

A number of experienced Twitter users who boast a strong GIF game have spotted the change, which allows you to upload animated GIF files of up to 15MB. The previous size limit for both photos and GIFs on Twitter was just 5MB, although there has been no change to the former.

There are some glaring restrictions in line with the update at present. The increased GIF size only applies to Twitter for the web, meaning you’re still restricted to puny GIFs on mobile for the time being. Additionally, the change does not apply to Twitter clients, such as TweetDeck or Hootsuite. The high-quality GIF party is therefore currently the domain of Twitter’s flagship platform.

Among the keen-eyed Twitter users who tweeted about the update (using a carefully selected, wholly appropriate, GIF) were Marvel’s VP of digital media, Ryan Penagos; and ex-Twitter engineering manager Ian Chan, who shared a glorious GIF of The Matrix in its entirety.

Twitter increased gif upload limit. Now I can finally share the entire Matrix movie in a tweet! (cc @KingJames)

— Ian Chan (@chanian) July 12, 2016

This is exactly the type of mayhem that will now ensue, as everyone on Twitter ditches text to communicate solely through GIFs. OK, maybe that’s a bit of an exaggeration. However, seeing as some prominent social media industry insiders think that text is actually doomed, perhaps it is a lot closer to the truth than many of us are willing to believe.

Twitter itself rolled out the change extremely quietly, although it has been noted in its photo FAQ guidelines, according to The Verge. The platform has made several similar changes in regard to its products. Most recently, it extended the time limit for video uploads on both Twitter and Vine, to 140 seconds.

Editors' Recommendations

Twitterrific shuts down after being blocked by Twitter
The Twitterrific bird.

The maker of Twitterrific, a third-party Twitter app for macOS and iOS that launched in 2007 and came to the iPhone before Twitter itself, has been left with no choice but to close it down.

In a message posted on its website on Thursday, The Iconfactory, Twitterrific's developer, said: "We are sorry to say that the app’s sudden and undignified demise is due to an unannounced and undocumented policy change by an increasingly capricious Twitter -- a Twitter that we no longer recognize as trustworthy nor want to work with any longer.”

Read more
Twitter finally confirms it’s behind outage of third-party Twitter apps
A stylized composite of the Twitter logo.

Twitter has finally confirmed what everyone pretty much already knew -- that it’s behind the outage of popular third-party Twitter clients such as Tweetbot and Twitterrific.

In a message posted on its Twitter Dev account for developers, the company said: “Twitter is enforcing its long-standing API rules. That may result in some apps not working.” But it declined to offer any details about what API rules the developers of the third-party apps have violated.

Read more
Make tech work for you: 10 side gigs to make extra money for the new year
The ZipRecruiter logo pictured on a laptop display.

This content was produced in partnership with ZipRecruiter.
Are you looking for some side hustle ideas? There's no shortage of side gigs to make extra money from home, especially if you're a tech-savvy individual. The demand for skilled technology professionals remains high despite recent economic turmoil. If you're looking for side hustle ideas, we've got them. With plenty of opportunities to find tech-related side gigs, we're here to help you use your skills and experience to make extra cash. We've laid out ten technology-related side gigs and tips for finding and succeeding in these roles. We've also looked at what is a good gig to make money, along with the best side gigs to make money from home rather than needing to go anywhere. Whether you're looking to use your coding skills to build websites or your expertise in technology to help individuals and organizations solve problems, there are plenty of technology-related side gigs to fit your abilities and interests. Read on to learn how to leverage your skills and knowledge to earn extra cash on the side, right down to appreciating what is the highest-paying side hustle around right now.

Web development and design
The internet as we know it is built around websites, so web developers and designers will always be in high demand. Web development is one of the best side gigs to make money from home, too, because you can do it project-by-project on a freelance basis, allowing you to pick and choose your clients and take on only the work you know you can handle. It's also one of the best side hustle ideas, as you're doing everything on your computer.

Read more