Gifs are dying. Meet the future: Gfys
Gifs have had a great run on the internet for decades now, but like the VCR and analog TV, better things come along with time thanks to advancements in technology. With the power of modern web browsers and HTML5, we now have… the GFY. And yes, they are quickly becoming a very big deal.
Think of a gfy as a combination of Vine and Instagram videos: you’ve got the looping video of the former but the 15 second time duration of the latter. The result is a longer, better looking animation that can be resized, paused, played in reverse or slow-motion. But the most spectacular +1 over gifs is the file size differential: a 20 MB gif can become a 2 MB GFY for example, meaning no more long waiting times for gifs to load. But in case you still need the gif version, one is automatically created along with your gfy once uploaded to GFYcat.
After going public in July 2013, the GFYcat service has recently begun to skyrocket and is poised to become a common sight on sites everywhere very soon. It’ll be fun to see how it evolves in the near future, and if/when Tumblr adds better support for them. For now, you can embed them as iFrames in Video posts.
So if you’re a gif maker, hop on the new wave. Check out GFYcat.com to start uploading (accounts are not required). Note: being able to delete uploaded Gfys, among other features, are coming soon.