And God said
“Let there be GIFS!”
From its humble beginnings on black and white computers to its now ubiquitous usage in memes, here is the lowdown on one of the most important file formats in history. The GIF! An art form—a short and silent loop—has never been more popular than it is right now.
Thanks to the GIF, no emotions are too big or small to capture in animated image form. Ask anyone what a GIF is and two things will happen. First, you'll either agree or fight about the pronunciation. Then they'll say something about animation. Dancing bananas, technicolor spinning text. They'll say a GIF is something bite-sized and looping.
Modern-day silent movies that automatically repeat. When the GIF was first born in 1987, animation wasn't even inthe picture—neither was the World Wide Web.
GIF" stands for "graphics interchange format," a mature name for an image format just coming of age in the digital space. A GIF, or Graphical Interchange Format, is a bitmap image format that was invented on June 15 1987 by a US software writer called Steve Wilhite for CompuServe.Gifs are highly compressed images that typically allow up to 8 bits per pixel for each image, which in total allow up to 256 colours across the image.
A gif is usually a looping animation... (Although still images sometimes get stored using that file format, it's mostly associated with looping animations)
A meme can be anything, a still image, a gif, or even just a phrase or idea that is spread from person to person.
The main difference between an animated gif and a meme is that memes tend to be static images that make a topical or pop culture reference and animated gifs are, more simply, moving images
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