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Do You GIF?

Written by Paul Steinbrueck

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Animated GIFs are making a comeback.

When the World Wide Web first became popular, animated GIFs of spinning crosses and flapping doves (as shown below) were all over church websites.


As the Internet matured, we came to realize that animations just for animations sake was, well, cheesy.  And animated GIFs became the butt of web development jokes.

More than a decade later animated GIFs have become bigger and more popular than ever.

But today’s animated GIFs have almost nothing in common with their 1990s predecessors.

Today’s GIFs are more like short video loops.  They’re not usually used on websites but are all over social media, text messaging and to a lesser extent in blog posts.  They’re used to express a quick thought in a creative way.

They often come from popular movies and TV shows.

There are lots of GIF makers online that enable anyone to create a GIF from a video clip in seconds.  Often times news and sports highlights (and lowlights) become viral GIFs within moments.

So, how about you?  

Are you using GIFs?  If so how?  Got a favorite?  Post it in the comments.

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    Paul Steinbrueck

    Paul Steinbrueck is co-founder and CEO of OurChurch.Com, husband, father of 3, blogger. You can follow him on Twitter at @PaulSteinbrueck.

    2 Comments

    • WOW Paul, great article about Gif 🙂 I am also very interest in Gif creating, but don’t know how to create it, is there any software suit for Gif creating? Can you recommend me? Thanks much~ 🙂

      • I haven’t made any of my own GIFs so I can’t recommend a GIF creator, but if you Google GIF creator, I’m sure you can find several you can try out.