Thursday, March 8th, 2012

The History Of The Animated GIF

Do you have seven minutes to watch a video about the birth of the animated GIF? I ask because I have no idea what your schedule is like today. If you do, here you go. Related: Is it really pronounced "jiff"? Because if so I have been embarrassing myself for years now.


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lbf (#2,343)

Both pronounciations are acceptable, and anyone who tells you otherwise is a jerk. This was covered in last week's Judge John Hodgman podcast, I think. #downwithprescriptivism

boyofdestiny (#1,243)

@lbf I pronounce it "gherk."

petejayhawk (#1,249)

"Jiff" is only acceptable if you think "graphics" is pronounced "jraphics." AND IT IS NOT.

lbf (#2,343)

@petejayhawk do you put ghin in your martini?

Tulletilsynet (#333)

Gif as in giraffics.

keisertroll (#1,117)

It's "Kathie Lee Gifford", not "Katie Lee Jifford".

barnhouse (#1,326)

Oh boy since the 1990s I have been saying jif. Is this wrong, you are saying? Damn it.

@barnhouse That's kickin' it old school.

7 minutes on GIFs and not one mention of 4chan?

Matt (#26)

Don't worry Cole has a book about this video due in 12 minutes.

@Krugmanic Depressive Oof. I know, right? These, also, were some of the most desperately pretentious people I've ever heard speak. GIFs are "art" now, so suck it, Alfred Stieglitz.

When did hipsters take possession of animated jifs?

Fancybone (#224,671)

@Adam Gillitt@twitter I think it happened around web 1.0 in the seventies. (I cringed when I heard that.)

Brian Fejer@twitter (#226,159)

@Adam Gillitt@twitter

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