I avoided using the “.” in my title in case it would cause SEO heartaches, but I did want to focus on the .gif file in my G post for the A to Z blogging challenge.
When I first started haunting the back alleys of the web in 2003, I frequented lots of forum based websites were avatars, typically not of the personal photo variety at the time, were your visual representation online. Most of them were ordinary images, however, some of the more spiffy forum frequenters would have simple .gif avatars that were stock photos but with a sparkly addition…sometimes literally. For example, it would be a stock avatar with a brief twinkling “star” or sequin in a corner of the photo.
Intrigued by this, I learned how to create a .gif at the time, but ended up feeling like it was too much hassle for very little payoff in the forum business.
I feel like this was the year that I really started seeing more and more .gifs that were snarky, sweet, or expressive. I’m sure that they took off for the cool kids before then. I was never much of a tumblr, and I know that it is the great playground for these forms and that places like Buzzfeed have turned into mass dissemenators of these tidbits.
In looking into my posts for today, I did actually find out something interesting. It seems that many of the .gifs one sees out and about now aren’t .gifs in their original format. Instead, they are new variations that are basically micro videos (like Vine for Vine). I think they are awesome, but I’m also kind of glad to know that I didn’t miss out on an opportunity to start a new trend back in 2003 when I was virtually bedazzling avatars.
To read more about the .gif format, click here.
To see some examples of .gifs, click here.