Although GIFs have been around for many years, they have had a recent surge in popularity due to the rise of social media.
GIFs are essentially very short, low-quality video clips that contain no sound. This allows them to be smaller in size than a typical video and are easily shared. It’s also quite common to have text overlaid on a GIF which comments on the content (this can be done seamlessly at Giphy.com).
A lot of GIF creators online can be difficult to use and are covered with ads or confusing options, but Giphy keeps things simple and doesn’t include a watermark on the final image.
Once you’ve created a GIF, it stays private and a link is provided incase you want to share it online. Alternatively, you can download the image to your computer and go from there.