National Gif Day

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Are you ready for a looping journey through time? It's National GIF Day, the day where we honor and chuckle over our favorite mini animations! From a cat playing the piano to celebrities bursting into laughter, a good GIF is always ready to put a smile on your face. Let's explore why September 5th is a special day for this unique piece of digital joy!

When is Gif Day?

It's national gif day on the 5th September.

The Birth of the GIF

As we dive into the pixelated pool of GIF history, we find ourselves back in 1987 when the Graphics Interchange Format (or GIF) was born. Developed by a team led by Steve Wilhite at CompuServe, the premise was simple: to create a versatile, color-rich format that could be used across different computer platforms.

What Happened on September 5th?

Fast forward to 2017, we noticed a significant spike in Internet mentions of National GIF Day on - you guessed it - September 5th. While the origins of this unofficial holiday remain a vibrant, pulsating mystery (kind of like a GIF on loop), the love for the GIF is clear. The animated images are celebrated for their ability to add some spice to our conversations, reactions, or humor.

Celebrating National GIF Day

So how can you celebrate National GIF Day? It's simple enough! Share your favorite GIFs with your friends, loved ones, and co-workers, or even create your own. There's a whole world of software and apps out there that can help turn your wildest dreams into looping hilarity.

Why Do We Love GIFs So Much?

GIFs literally add a whole new dimension to our Internet interactions - movement. They offer a quick laugh, a means of expression, a reaction, or even a memory frozen in time. Given their humble beginning, it's exciting to see how GIFs have evolved and embedded themselves in our everyday communications.

History behind the term 'Gif'


Birth of the GIF

In 1987, the Graphics Interchange Format, better known as GIF, was introduced by a team at CompuServe. The goal was to create a compact file format that could be used for images. The GIF format allowed for more efficient compression compared to other formats at the time, making it suitable for use on the internet. GIF quickly gained popularity due to its support for animations.


Early online GIF culture

During the mid-1990s, GIFs became a prominent part of early online culture. Their compact file size and ability to loop animations made them perfect for creating simple and quirky animations. Websites and online communities started using GIFs to express emotions, showcase art, and create humorous content. This period marked the rise of the GIF as a popular form of visual communication.


GIFs in Pop Culture: Dancing Baby

In 1996, an animated GIF of a dancing baby became a cultural phenomenon. Originally created as a test animation by a software developer, the GIF spread rapidly across the internet. The dancing baby GIF appeared in various TV shows, commercials, and movies, elevating the popularity of GIFs and demonstrating their impact on pop culture.


The Rise of GIF-sharing Platforms

With the growth of social media and online communities, dedicated GIF-sharing platforms like Giphy and Imgur emerged in the early 2010s. These platforms allowed users to easily search, discover, and share GIFs across different platforms. GIFs became a language of their own, with users expressing emotions, reactions, and ideas through the vast library of animated images.


GIFs as a Cultural Phenomenon

By 2017, GIFs had become deeply ingrained in popular culture. They were used extensively on social media platforms, messaging apps, and in online conversations. GIFs added a new layer of expression and humor to digital interactions, creating a visual shorthand for conveying emotions and reactions. The Oxford English Dictionary even named "GIF" as the Word of the Year in 2012, solidifying its cultural significance.

Did you know?

Did you know the creator of the GIF, Steve Wilhite, insists it's pronounced 'jif' just like the peanut butter? This sparked an ongoing internet-wide debate! Can you believe it?


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First identified

14th March 2016

Most mentioned on

5th September 2017

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