Tomorrow marks the 30th anniversary of the GIF.
It seems totally unbelievable that A.) there was a time when GIFs didn’t exist, given their ubiquitousness in modern life, and B.) that the GIF could possibly be that old. But a quick check of Wikipedia shows that, indeed the Graphic Interface Format (aka the GIF) was created in 1987 by some guy working at CompuServe.
Suffice it to say, we’ve come a long way since this:
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There’s also a study, done by the user-generated GIF platform Gfycat, which found 63% of the 1,000 Americans surveyed use GIFs (20% use them All. The. Time). The study also found that 39% create their own GIFs as a way to make friends, laugh or share inside jokes or just be creative. That explains at least some of these Fresno-centric GIFs, pulled from Gfycat and Giphy (lest, you fall down the Fresno-GIF rabbit hole on your own).
You may be cool, but you’ll never be Planet Asia blowing smoke rings cool.
Kai says, “Smash.”
And finally, a trigger warning for historic preservationists.