The verb “to GIF” is defined by the dictionary as “to create a GIF file of an image or video sequence, especially relating to an event.” GIF stands for Graphics Interchange.
GIFs and Social Media
Tumblr is regarded by many as the big kahuna of GIF sharing, but other social networks and image sharing platforms, like Imgur, have already jumped onboard. Google has actually launched a separate GIF filter in its image search for people who want to find specific animated images related to certain keywords.
Apps like Vine and Cinemagram owe their success to the GIF trend. Not only do they give users an easy way to create their own GIFs, but they’ve also created successful social networks built entirely around the GIF trend that people actually want to use.
With access to so many apps like Vine, Cinemagram, GifBoom and others, almost anyone can create a GIF in as little as a few seconds.
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Regular photos in JPG or PNG format already do fine on social media, because we’re quickly moved by visual content, but the GIF format adds something much more special –- a mini video, with no sound, that can be watched from start to finish in as little as one or two seconds in a simple, auto-looping fashion.
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