Friday, March 22, 2013

Awesome GIF Finding with Bryce and the Superhero

Note: this is a two-part series regarding GIFs. The second can be found at Anna's blog by clicking this link. Please be advised that it may not be a series if only two parts, but here we are. 

The picture to the left uses Comic Sans; but I'm sure you agree, dear reader, that our likenesses are serious business.

About a week ago I woke up to a cryptic message:

Cool! Anna at Future Librarian Superhero and I are in the midst of collaborating on a presentation with Anne at So Tomorrow, but these ladies are awesome and I'd like to do more. I'm not sure what super-professional career embarkation I was expecting, but as I opened up Drive, it sure wasn't this:

I immediately was like this, then like this, then like this. Then, I was like this. And finally, in the Five Stages of GIF, I was like this.

And so, I present to you--
Bryce Don't Play and Future Librarian Superhero on: Finding GIFs.
Sara Says:

Okay, seriously, I am hardly a master of anything. YET.

The way I started out was just learning about a couple of great blogs that use  GIFs to express feelings in a variety of contexts, usually not the ones which the original sequence intends. Fair warning: you may cease thinking in actual words and instead always in GIF. Which really is just faster. So in conclusion, GIFs make your thought process more efficient, so GIFs make you smart.

2. The one I identify most with:
3. The one I’m obsessed with even though I almost never understand the jokes:
4. The one I go to when I need to be reminded why I didn't go for a PhD:
5. The librarian-related one part 1:
6. The librarian-related one part 2:
7. The only book-review-centric blog I care to read:
Others have been made for every profession, every school, everything. I would definitely say that Google Images is a great place to go, and Anna will talk more about that, but I usually only look for a GIF once I know it exists, and I hear something/read something and my thought/feeling can be completely summed up by That GIF I Saw That One Time. Instead of following the above like I do other blogs, I have them bookmarked to read in bulk when I need a laugh.

Anna Says:
I use a technique I like to call advanced Google-fu. AND it just got easier thanks to Google’s newest search feature (Google never shuteth a Reader without givingeth a GIF search feature. R.I.P Google Reader). So yeah, basically I just do a Google image search using whatever crazy search term plus the word ‘gif’ and see what comes up.

E.g.: “this is relevant to my interests gif.”
1. Image search
2. Choose search tools
3. Pull down the menu under ‘Any type’
4. Choose ‘Animations’

This a great method for discovery, though it does have some drawbacks.
1. You cannot unsee things you might find. Be careful, especially if you’re at work. GIF humor is often inappropriate.
2. It can waste a lot of time.
3. Sometimes it’s really hard to come up with the right search term to find the GIF with that certain je ne sais quoi you’re looking for, so you have to be creative.

Sara Says:
Finding, of course, is only one part of the equation. Next, you've got to insert them into your blog or email, whether by link or embed. To learn about Using GIFs, head on over to the second part of our GIF Master Tutorial project here.


  1. I haven't even read this yet, but I can already tell it is made of awesome.

  2. OMG. I appreciate the volume you gave my hair, and the high heels, of course, because: always.

  3. Perhaps the best drawing of the two of you I will ever see.

  4. Hysterical. Thank you so much!