GIFs, or Graphics Interchange Format, are a kind of animation that have become very popular in the past few years. They started as simple black-and-white images created with a computer, but have evolved into colorful illustrations and added sound and other effects. The best part about them? You can make your own animated GIFs at home!
That’s why what people are talking about this Christmas is not only nostalgic reindeer games like “Ducklings” or “Knock Knock”, but also the traditional animations such as cooking and action sequences. This sudden explosion in popularity has led to celebrities utilizing GIFs as promotional tools for their businesses and personal brands. Too much food gifs are already on the internet to count, but here are some of the most popular shared on Twitter.
1. Reese Witherspoon’s Christmas Cookie Recipe GIF
Reese Witherspoon’s “Dear Santa” Tweet was flooded by GIFs from excited fans, and many were perplexed when she posted this later in December. The original tweet had been deleted when it was found to be an advertisement for her cookbook, but the gif still remained online. The gif is really quite simple: just a cookie cutout peeping out of a gingerbread man’s mouth as he struggles to chew a piece of turkey.
2. Mary J. Blige’s Christmas GIF
Mary J. Blige has had enough Christmas decorations and ads by now, so she created a GIF of the iconic Father Christmas. The 2014 Grammy winner flipped Father Christmas into a Virgin Mary style with her lips looking as if they came from a blow dryer. In addition to the reverse gag, he is also dressed in his usual red suit and hat.
3. Mariah Carey’s Cookie Recipe GIF
Mariah Carey has never been shy about sharing her love for baking in the form of sexy baking poses and songs, so it’s no surprise that she’s turned on the ovens behind her famous seductive eyes to make cookies this season.
1. They’re Simple and Funny
GIFs are a fast and funny way to communicate in social media. They are simple to create in just a few clicks, and come with thousands of variations thanks to the people who create them. You can also customize them by adding your own text with the help of an online GIF generator or simply editing one you have been sent or copied from another source. They are so easy that anybody can use them.
2. They’re Inexpensive
You don’t need an expensive video camera to create a GIF. All you need is a computer, a short video clip and some free time. You can make your own low-cost GIFs by downloading videos from Youtube or editing them using QuickTime player to show only the portion you want.
3. They Promote Creativity and Innovation
Not only are they cheap, but they are also great for promoting creativity and innovation in young people. With the ability to create their own GIFs and share them with others through social media, kids of all ages now have fun doing something completely different while learning valuable skills.
4. They’re Easy to Distribute
Yes, you can also do this on your phone! It’s especially easy to share GIFs with friends and family who are also on social media. You can even save them to your camera roll or email them for later use. If you want to post a GIF on Facebook or Twitter, you just need the appropriate app such as Giphy , and boom! It’s so easy, like the GIF below:
5. They’re Everywhere You Look!
Need proof? Just look at your Facebook page and count how many of your friends have liked or shared one in the past week. Seriously, that’s not even counting all the ones you’ve sent out yourself. These animated GIFs are everywhere, and you can now see why celebrities use them to share holiday memories with their online fans.
6. They’re a Part of Social Media’s History
Did you know that GIFs are more than just simple animations, they are actually a format that has been around even before the internet itself? They originated in the early 1980s and were developed as a way to share images of computer animations with users of local Bulletin Board System (BBS) systems and email. In 1992, the first publicly available GIF file format was released, allowing people to exchange GIFs over the internet.
7. They Make a Great Way to Share Holiday Memories
Because of the way GIFs are a combination of social media and nostalgia, they are a great way for celebrities and their fans to share the holiday season’s best memories with one another. Seeing how GIFs have taken over social media this season, it looks like they’ve found the perfect audience all along!
8. They’re Getting Bigger Every Day!
Just like doge memes, once something cool comes along on the internet, it’s popular forever. And just like doge memes and other trends before them, once things get big enough there can be business opportunities in them.