Where To Look For GIF Images For Your Google+ Profile Pictures

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Google+ now allows you to use a GIF images for your profile pictures and as such, we have here a few places you would want to check out when you’re on the lookout for GIF images.

But first, here’s a little background. GIF is short for Graphics Interchange Format. The format has been around since 1987 and has recently seen resurgence in popularity.

These images come with built-in compression and support for their most famous feature: animation.

It works this way – GIF images are able to store frames which are displayed in succession hence the ability to be animated.

Just think of all the possibilities. It’s like a mini-video stored in a relatively small file size. Look at this sample.

 

GIF images, Google+, search,

 

Now that we have you interested, here are the places on the Internet we suggest you go to in your search for that Google+ GIF profile picture.

 

Google

We do not exactly know if Google’s move to add a search filter for animated photos was a prelude to them introducing the ability to make GIF images your Google+ profile picture.

Nonetheless, we are thankful they have as their GIF images search is actually pretty good.

So how do you search for GIF images through Google? Well, you Google “cute kitten” [because the internet is for looking at pictures of cute cats], click on Images, click on Search tools, click on Any type and select Animated.

Alternately, you can go straight to Google Images search, and then typing your keyword, by clicking on Images after going to Google.

One more time: Google Images search –> Search tools –> Any type –> Animated. Play around with your keywords and the filters to get your perfect GIF.

If you want to search a particular site via Google for GIFs, use the age-old trick of including “site:domain.com” in your search query.

 

Tumblr

If Google is the default search engine, even for GIF images now, Tumblr is where Google gets most of its results.

Why not try to go there directly? Tumblr users just love their GIF images. (On a different but related note, what do you call Tumblr users?)

To search for GIFs on Tumblr, just type in your keywords and add GIF. To give you an example, you can search for cute kitten GIFs by typing “cute kitten GIF”.

There are also dedicated GIF Tumblr sites you can follow like GIFs From Last Night.

 

Reddit

Another place where GIF images abound is on Reddit.

The popular social news site even has a subreddit for GIFs at r/gifs.

Given that Reddit recommends image hosting site Imgur, you’ll also find a lot of Reddit GIFs at Imgur r/gifs. Speaking of Imgur connected to Reddit GIFs, there are albums like Reaction GIFs for Every Situation and Reactiongifsarchive that you should definitely check out.

Reddit also offers other subreddits rife with GIF images like r/reactiongifs and r/perfectloops.

We recommend browsing through those pages we linked on Reddit if you have no particular idea for a GIF or you just want to be entertained. Otherwise, try searching Google using “site:reddit.com” for a more targeted search.

 

Also, there are GIF images search engines out there which is a testament to how popular GIFs have become once again. By search engines we mean other than Google, of course. Giphy is the first to come to mind.

The internet also has sites which collect GIFs and regularly post about them.

What we recommend is to explore the internet. There’s bound to be a flood of crazy good GIF images out there.

 


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Author: Solon Harmony Dolor

A passion for technology and journalism makes this upcoming writer very interested in social media and technology news. Fresh from finishing an English and Journalism degree from the University of the Philippines Diliman, he aims to bring interesting news to our readers . Don't forget to subscribe and receive our latest posts in your inbox.

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