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Tech Talk: Twitter’s new feature allows you to retweet using GIFs, photos and videos

Social media platform Twitter has finally done right by its users and rolled out a new feature that allows users to add photos, videos, and GIFs to retweets.

Twitter on Monday (06.05.19) said they had added support for retweeting a tweet by adding an image, video, or GIF.

Evidence of this feature was first discovered back in February, but now it is being rolled out to all users after what Twitter said was a long, nuanced design and engineering process, Nairobi News reported.

In a tweet announcing the new feature, Twitter said: “It’s easy to express yourself by retweeting with a comment. Retweet with photos, a GIF, or a video to really make your reaction pop.”

“The most exciting part of this project was that we were working on a feature that many people asked for,” wrote the Twitter Engineering account, in an update today. We’re very excited to launch this feature across Twitter, and we can’t wait to see it being used by all of you.”

The company said the updates to the Retweet feature required teamwork and collaboration across multiple teams, as the changes impacted things like the tweet detail page, timelines, accessibility features and parity across Twitter clients.

Here’s how to add photos, videos, and GIFs to your retweets:
1. Tap the retweet icon on the tweet that you want to retweet.
2. Tap ‘Retweet with the comment’.
3. As well as being able to add a comment to a retweet, you’ll now also see the GIF and image icons, tap on these to add multimedia to your retweet.

If you find that the new options aren’t available on your app, make sure you’re using the latest version of Twitter.
You can also try closing the app and re-opening it, which should make the new feature available to you.

The new feature is available now on iOS, Android and the Twitter mobile site.

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