From the monkey holding his hands over his eyes to the face crying with laughter, from the smiling poo to the…ahem…aubergine, it’s difficult to write a text these days without adding a little context in the form of your favourite emoji. But is that all about to change?

 

The GIF has been building momentum for a couple of years now, and whether it’s Leonardo DiCaprio eyeing up Lady Gaga, Leonardo DiCaprio raising a glass to the screen, or even…um… let’s see now, Leonardo DiCaprio dragging himself along the floor, it’s difficult to sift through your twitter feed without at least 10 trillion of the things slowing your internet connection down. So it shouldn't really come as a surprise that the continually looping video has now made the next step in the social ladder…

 

Giphy, the leading GIF search engine, has developed a new app that allows you to directly add GIFs to any conversation on your phone. Which means you can finally react like this…

 

 

…whenever and wherever.

 

Working in much the same way as emojis, the app installs a third-party keyboard onto your phone, which you can download here. By selecting the globe icon, you can either search for the perfect GIF yourself, or sift through a trending feed for the very latest loops of your favourite celebs wincing, spluttering and generally making fools out of themselves. Because, let's face it, how else do you let your friends know you're excited about the fact it's Friday!?

 

Is this the end of our beloved emojis? Or if the GIF veering into unknown territory and doomed to fail like other social attempts in the past *cough cough….Google Plus*. Join the convo on twitter @NobodysChild and let us know what you think!