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« on: October 10, 2022 @685.46 »

While surfing the world wide web I found this neat little article discussing the history of GIFS. Its quite obvious that gifs play a massive role in Web-Revival design. But what makes them so alluring? Are they innocent and wholesome vessels of emotion? Are they a post-ironic statment? Or is it because they're just purely nostalgic and visions of the past, or all of the above

in contrast I also read THIS the other day. Calling GIFS "cringe" and "for boomers", noting in their declining popularity.

How do GIFS make you feel? What are your thoughts around them and these articles and whats your favorite GIF(s)! Let me know!


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« Reply #1 on: October 10, 2022 @779.40 »

I love gifs and anyone who thinks they're cringe can fight me. I just don't always think they should be overused otherwise it becomes difficult to navigate at least for me personally, but websites loaded with gifs are still expressive on their own and I respect that.

I see them as just another tool for expression like any other graphics and sometimes they're just nice to look at and I at least never felt any irony when I used them because for me they're just fun. If I add video game sprites to my website or little pixel gifs it's because I like them and I think they look cool. There might be some nostalgia but in my case that nostalgia comes from liking the style more than anything and wanting to honor it.

I don't really have a particular favorite gif but there's a couple old internet Pokemon ones which are very beloved, and I also like pixel gifs in general as well as gifs from video games. There's also a couple nice technology ones I saved to use on my site later, and I love those detailed background gifs too.
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« Reply #2 on: October 10, 2022 @795.07 »

I love gifs and anyone who thinks they're cringe can fight me. I just don't always think they should be overused otherwise it becomes difficult to navigate at least for me personally, but websites loaded with gifs are still expressive on their own and I respect that.

I see them as just another tool for expression like any other graphics and sometimes they're just nice to look at and I at least never felt any irony when I used them because for me they're just fun. If I add video game sprites to my website or little pixel gifs it's because I like them and I think they look cool. There might be some nostalgia but in my case that nostalgia comes from liking the style more than anything and wanting to honor it.

I don't really have a particular favorite gif but there's a couple old internet Pokemon ones which are very beloved, and I also like pixel gifs in general as well as gifs from video games. There's also a couple nice technology ones I saved to use on my site later, and I love those detailed background gifs too.

I really agree with this but I also feel like GIFs are a double sided coin, much like regular reaction images or memes they can be very cringy, my best example of this in GIFs being discord. Opening the gifs section of discord brings all these "sO rElAtaBlE" GIFs that just feel really soulless and uninspired. On the other hand I adore sites that have old GIFs, especially ones that feel like they were made specifically for that site
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« Reply #3 on: October 12, 2022 @824.28 »


I really agree with this but I also feel like GIFs are a double sided coin, much like regular reaction images or memes they can be very cringy, my best example of this in GIFs being discord. Opening the gifs section of discord brings all these "sO rElAtaBlE" GIFs that just feel really soulless and uninspired. On the other hand I adore sites that have old GIFs, especially ones that feel like they were made specifically for that site

I can agree with this. Sometimes they can be fun, but when overdone they can also get annoying.

On a side note, anyone who uses the word "boomer" as an insult has automatically lost my respect. Same with the word "virgin".
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« Reply #4 on: October 31, 2022 @563.40 »

i dont care if their cringe. I still think they´re fun.
Also whoever wrote this is full of it, because I have seen gen zers still actively using them, so i don't think they're gonna fall out of fashion any time soon
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« Reply #5 on: January 23, 2023 @713.25 »

I love GIFs! They're goofy and silly and charming and what's not to love about having a little animated picture to go along with your website?

My animation teacher said that making GIFs is also a very simple and no-stakes way to learn and practice animation, so that's another reason to love them!
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« Reply #6 on: January 24, 2023 @91.52 »

I think Gifs are really fun!

I remember back in 2012/2013 when I first saw some gifs on Tumblr and was amazed at how smooth gifs looked these days. Of course, For the Retro stuff, I love em! They're comfy and unique and they feel really nice being around, Maybe it's the nostalgia but y'know. :ozwomp:
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« Reply #7 on: January 24, 2023 @237.35 »

GIFs are the bees knees! Some people loved them so much they made entire pages full of glittery, rotating, swirly, moving things that could make your eyes and brain hurt.

One of the best editors made for creating them was made by big, bad Microsoft - MS GIF Animator back in the days of Windows 95. I was making some just last night, but in Photoshop using its Timeline.


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« Reply #8 on: January 24, 2023 @572.08 »

I like them a lot! It’s great that pictures can be animated on a site. I think the internet would be a lot less fun without them. It’s kinda hard finding them sometimes though.I use gifcities but even then you might not find the right one. It takes careful thought and appreciation to them.
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« Reply #9 on: March 06, 2023 @702.87 »

i like em! they’re fun and add a bit of liveliness to a webpage that static images don’t. though i do think a lot of gif heavy websites could probably do with a flashing lights warning  :ohdear:
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« Reply #10 on: March 15, 2023 @387.40 »

I love gifs. Though I find the Tumblr style gifsets quite boring (seen enough of those in my life) but gifs like ones with transparent backgrounds, someone's art/self-drawn, etc, now that's the stuff! I formed an appreciation for such stuff since they take effort to make.
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