LinkedIn Now Lets You Send GIFs in Messages

Posted on April 11, 2018 by Mehedi Hassan in Social with 5 Comments

If you have been following LinkedIn lately, you probably noticed the company has been adding some “cool” features a regular social network would have. Just last month, the social network picked up Snapchat-inspired filters for its video platform.

Today, LinkedIn started rolling out GIFs in messages. The company has partnered with GIF platform Tenor to let users send GIFs in messages, allowing them to search for GIFs on Tenor’s platform, and share them within conversations. Tenor was recently acquired by Google, and it powers GIFs in other messaging apps like Facebook Messenger.

“For the next generation of professionals, visual communication using GIFs and emojis is second nature and a universal language. To make it easier for you to communicate on LinkedIn, we’ve teamed up with Tenor to integrate GIFs directly into Messaging. Now you can quickly search for GIFs straight within messaging and send on the spot,” LinkedIn said in a blog post. GIFs in LinkedIn messages is an interestingly addition, mainly due to the fact that you probably won’t be sending GIFs in a conversation with your potential future employer, and other professional scenarios. But GIFs are a fun way of expressing emotion, and they aren’t too much of a big deal in modern workplaces.

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5 responses to “LinkedIn Now Lets You Send GIFs in Messages”

  1. arunphilip

    SMH - why is LinkedIn trying to be Skype/Facebook Messenger/WhatsApp/whatever?!

  2. mrdrwest


  3. sandeepm

    Not sure what the end game is here, but if Microsoft thinks that it can irritate me enough on Outlook Mail (that I have been using for over two decades, from the days of Bhatia), to switch to gmail, it is very sadly mistaken. I will not switch till they stop the service all together. Not many people use hotmail anymore, but if you do use it, you might be aware that all mail from Thurrott and from Microsoft and from LinkedIn keeps going to junk mail no matter how many times you click "not junk". What is irritating me most is that there is no longer a black or white list and my kids soccer practice and scouting important emails are going to junk and Nadella has this new tool now that moves them back to junk from inbox after I move them over manually... multiple times.

    • sandeepm

      In reply to sandeepm:

      Second thoughts... Microsoft should check if Google AI is playing a prank on them... just like Cambridge Analytica did on Facebook. Large organizations are so dumb these days, so anything could be done by the unscrupulous.