To celebrate the 25th anniversary of the Graphics Interface Format this month we put together a history of the animated GIF -- in GIF form. In honor of this stalwart of the Internet, we have decided not only to do this entire history using the retro graphic format, but we will do it in the style of the more current What Should We Call Me meme. Even though The Atlantic Wire's Alex Abad-Santos declared that trend over weeks ago, it is part of GIF history and seems most appropriate for our chronicle.
WHEN THE GIF WAS INVENTED IT WAS ALL LIKE
AND, OF COURSE
THEN BROWSERS CAME ALONG THAT COULD AUTOMATICALLY ANIMATE, SO THINGS START TO LOOK LIKE
THEN WE REACHED PEAK GIF, WITH A PROTO-INTERNET MEME THAT LOOKED LIKE
THEN INTERNET 2.0 CAME ALONG AND GIFS STOPPED BEING COOL AND THE TREND WAS ALL LIKE
THEN THE INTERNET DISCOVERED IRONY AND GIFS GOT ALL POST-MODERN LIKE
AND NOSTALGIC LIKE
AND CELEBRITY FILLED
AND "CELEBRITY" FILLED
AND ALL ARTSY
AND, OF COURSE, MEME-LIKE
TODAY, EVERYTHING IS A GIF. EVEN MEMES LIKE
AND MOVIES LIKE
AND EVEN PRESIDENTS LIKE
WHAT WILL THE NEXT 25 YEARS HOLD FOR GIF. WILL IT SOON BE ALL LIKE
OR WILL THINGS GET SO IRONIC THAT WE'LL GO BACK TO
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