Giphy is a new search engine specifically made for none other than GIFS. Simple, organized and straightforward, the site displays items in a grid pattern with gifs only animating when hovered over. The site offers a wide range of hashtags from emotions to reactions to television shows and more. Users can also discover new gifs by browsing by different categories.
What's interesting about Giphy is that the site attributes gif creators with their artwork. Most gif creators get lost in the shuffle of reblogs and the copy and pasting of URLs, but Giphy will supply the original creator's URL when sharing on different social networks like Twitter, Facebook and of course Tumblr.
By attributing the creators, gifs have become framed more as an art medium more than just clips of television shows or just weird awesomeness. The art and design section has some amazing gifs that I wouldn't have discovered otherwise.
It's no news that gifs are popular and are being frequently used in various ways on the web, so finally having a public gif library seems a bit overdue. Nonetheless, I welcome Giphy. While our internet culture is quickly changing how we communicate, these digital libraries of hashtags and now gifs are becoming more of a resource and a window into how we think.