The future of Yammer is animated (and that’s OK)

February 15, 2019
The original article is published on the Microsoft Tech Community Yammer Blog.

GIFs are everywhere. You can use them in Microsoft Teams or Yammer by accessing the Tenor GIF keyboard or upload your own animated GIF. More than 300 million people use the Tenor GIF keyboard every month to communicate with an animated GIF that expresses their exact thoughts or feelings and Tenor has reached 12 billion GIF searches every month. 

See also: The 10 most used GIFs of 2018, according to Giphy

When you think of GIFs, you probably think of the funny GIF you saw on social media recently but did you know that GIFs can be helpful at work and even educational?

Make a quick tip GIF!

AdjustWorkingDays.gifExample: Changing your working days in Outlook

At Hall & Wilcox one of our popular Yammer groups is the Technology Tips & Tricks group. Here we post quick tips and tricks that may help our people get their jobs done more efficiently or address tech questions or issues that people post.

An animated GIF is easy for a person to follow, grabs attention immediately and is a perfect match for Yammer on desktop or mobile.

The above example was created from a screen capture in Camtasia, cropped and highlighted within the program before being exported as a GIF but there is more than one way to animate a GIF (or cat).

Sourced from Recordit: An animated GIF demonstration of how to use Recordit

Recordit allows you to select a section of your screen and create a GIF in seconds. You’ll need to download and install their (Windows or Mac) client onto your computer.

GIPHY‘s cloud based GIF maker is great for converting pictures, videos or any URL like YouTube. It has a lot of customisation options such as captions and drawing.

See also: How to Make a GIF from a Video

GIF Troubleshooting tips

Yammer doesn’t always accept every GIF that you upload so you may want to consider the total number of frames (ideally less than 400) in your animation, the frame rate and the dimensions of your images. Setting the frame rate between 5 and 10 FPS may look a little choppy but will allow you to capture a longer duration. I would also play around with a width of 700 to 800 pixels (while keeping the same aspect ratio) until the GIF is uploaded successfully.

Bonus Tip: Emojis
An oldie but a goodie, MVP Loryan Strant has written a post on how to use emojis in your Yammer profile. You can add a little flair before or after your name to your Yammer profile by adding an emoji. 🤓

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Jason Soo is a Technology Trainer at Hall & Willcox an independent business law firm. Jason connects people with technology and has taken a leading role engaging their people on Yammer for better performance and collaboration. Jason specialises in E-Learning, Office 365, Enterprise Social Networks and eDiscovery.

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