Say it like ‘gift’. Jk, we’re not going to get into that right now.
When it comes to communicating over the internet with friends, the gif is one of the most enjoyable ways for us to express ourselves. So a few weeks ago, when we decided that the next big feature to come to GroupMe would be gif search, our faces were all:
After a lot of hard work, we’re proud to annouce that gif search is available today on iOS (we even took it a step further by adding video and image search into the mix as well). We call it Media Search. Head to the App Store and install the lastest version of GroupMe to give it a try.
Building Media Search
So how did this all go down?
First, we partnered up with Giphy and Bing to provide the best gif, image, and video search experience:
Next, the design team came up with the fresh designs:
The dev team met with the product manager to review the designs and plan out the work:
After that, it was time for coding:
Some people even worked through their lunch break:
When the new feature was completed, it ran through the QA gauntlet to make sure it was bug free:
We managed to find a few bugs, but the team squashed them with ease:
Next up, we submitted the app to Apple and patiently waited:
And when the app was finally approved:
How does Media Search work?
Tap the attachments to reveal the new Search button.
Tap the Search button and the new media search will slide up with today’s most popular gifs front and center. With a swipe to the left or right, you can also browse through images and videos.
If you’re looking for something specific, tap the search input at the top and start typing. We’ll give you some search suggestions to make it that much easier.
Hit search on your keyboard to see your results and tap one you like to get a full screen view.
If you’re happy with what you see, tap the checkmark to continue.
Your gif is ready to go, but maybe add some witty text first?
Last thing to do is hit send.
We hope you have fun with Media Search. Give it a try and let us know what you think!