Category: GIFs

GIFs

“GIF” or “Jif”? This is our generation’s “Tomato, tomahto” – No matter how you pronounce the word, we know that GIFs are here to stay. Luckily, these days people are less concerned with grammar and more interested in the image itself.

The beloved file format of millennials has recently become the default tool of web humor, alongside memes and viral videos. They have become so widely-used, the word “GIF” was named the 2012 Oxford Dictionary Word of the Year.

What is a GIF?

A GIF (Graphical Interchange Format) is an image format invented in 1987 by Steve Wilhite, a US software writer who was looking for a way to animate images in the smallest file size.

In short, GIFs are a series of images or soundless video that will loop continuously and doesn’t require anyone to press play. This repetition makes GIFs feel immediately familiar, like the beat of a song.

Benefits Of GIF

  • GIFs are easily shareable.

  • GIFs show that you’re paying attention to trends.

  • GIFs display your fun side.

  • GIFs can add more context or emotion in a much shorter message.