Well now Twitter has gone and opened the flood gates allowing these moving monstrosities to show up on Twitter.com and on the mobile apps. (No refuge at all!)
They announced this exciting change via a Tweet and not a single word of follow-up on the Twitter blogs. Perhaps they feel that GIFs are so universal, they don’t need explaining.
One thing is true, these animated story bites are popular world wide. Doesn’t matter what language you speak everyone understands an excited, adorable poodle.