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GIFHell Proves Twitter’s ID Is Dominated Largely By One Direction


Good news: There’s now a way to see inside the fluttering heart of Twitter. Bad news: You’ll find mostly barely legal hunks, randomness, and the occasional spot of porn.

Over the weekend, AllThingsD reports, developer/Redditor Adam Wentz created as a weekend project. It draws on Twitter’s API to produce a never-ending flood of GIFs, whichever are the most popular on the service at any given moment. Read More

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You Can Now Google Image Search Just for GIFs

So easy!

Good news, Tumblr freaks! Starting today, Google is rolling out a very useful new feature, sure to save oodles of time when you need the perfect Nene Leakes reaction shot, pronto. You’ll now be able to filter image search results so you get just the GIFs.

This is a real victory for those of us who prefer to communicate with our loved ones entirely through moving pictures.

Not everyone is so delighted, however. As one commenter noted on the Google+ announcement: “So this is what you’re doing with all the resources you freed up when you killed Google Reader?”

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GIF Beats Out YOLO to Become the Oxford American Dictionary’s 2012 Word of the Year

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2012, it seems, is the year the GIF finally receives the recognition it deserves. Long had the short animated images languished on 4chan and Reddit before transitioning over to Tumblr and BuzzFeed. 2012 was the year of the reaction GIF blog, where everyone from law students to editors filled Tumblrs with GIFs meant to capture (and laugh at) the human condition. Then came an avant-garde form of election coverage, where stables of live-GIFers fought with Photoshop to bring their devoted audiences the funniest, most compelling GIFs of the presidential candidates.

Now, the GIF has received the ultimate sign of zeitgeisty approval: “GIF” (the verb) is officially the Oxford American Dictionaries’ 2012 word of the year. Read More

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Michael Stipe Is Now The Simon Cowell Of GIFs


Britney Spears, Christina Aguilera, and Mariah Carey have all taken brief pauses in their pop careers to now become reality show judges on The X FactorThe Voice, and American Idol, respectively. Although it’s not for a reality show, another 90’s icon, Michael Stipe, is getting in on the judging game.

He’s been elected to join the selection committee for “Moving The Still,” which of course is the world’s first GIF’s-only arts festival. The event is being put on by Tumblr as well as the art collection site, Paddle8, and will take place during Miami Art Week from December 4th to the 9th. Read More

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Forget the Filters, Animate Your Photos with Gifture


The humble GIF has seen a renaissance in recent years, even evolving, in some cases, into an arresting artform. Now Gifture, which just hit the App Store today, hopes to make them into an entertaining alternative to the smartphone snap.

When Gifture’s press release first landed in Betabeat’s inbox, the sight of an Instagram-like interface and the prospect of yet another social mobile photo app left us unimpressed. Then we clicked through to a sample post, only to find a charming animated image of Astoria’s elevated train at night, flickering like a silent film. Downloading the app, we discovered an feed filled what appear to be members of the Gifture team: designer James McDonald bellyflopping onto a bed; business development brain Erik Stern doing a goofy dance outside an Apple store.  Read More