Tumblr TV: Now search and view GIFs in full screen mode

Within a week from unveiling its GIF Search engine, Tumblr has introduced new Tumblr TV, a new feature aimed at making it simpler for users to find GIFs.


Within a week from unveiling its GIF Search engine, Tumblr has introduced new Tumblr TV, a new feature aimed at making it simpler for users to find GIFs.

Basically, Tumblr TV lets users search and view GIFs in a full screen mode. Why it's named Tumblr TV? The TV part refers to its ability offering controls such as play, pause, forward and backward. Users can head to tumblr.com/tv that shows GIFs that are currently trending.

Besides, users can get to Tumblr TV from the main search by simply adding 'gif' to the end of any search query. You will view a TV icon that will redirect to Tumblr TV. Users can also make a Tumblr TV channel for their blog. "Change the URL to tumblr.com/tv/@yourblog. Now you’re the Oprah of TUMBLR TV," Tumblr adds.

However, there are no sharing buttons and users can't share a GIF outside Tumblr or even save a GIF with a right click. "While the service is available to non-Tumblr users, there’s only so much that you can do with Tumblr TV if you don’t already have a Tumblr account. That seems like a missed opportunity for Tumblr, as allowing users to tweet or share Tumblr’s GIFs more broadly could increase the service’s page views and encourage more sign-ups. Tumblr could even promote its blogging service to these new users as a place to store and save your favorite GIFs," Techcrunch explains.

Twitter introduced support for GIFs last year. Facebook has also started rolling out GIF support. This marked a significant change for Facebook as the social site had avoided supporting GIFs, claiming it would make the News Feed 'too chaotic'.

GIFs are among the most fun part of the web and one of the reason why websites like 9GAG, Imgur have so many followers.


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