Graphics Interchange Format
The .gif is a well-established file format that allows for layers to be played as an animation. They are often used in forums to great effect, as they tend to have more impact than the standard image macro. If a picture is worth a thousand words, do the math on 24 frames per second.
Started by CompuServe in 1987 as their first color image format, it was quickly adopted due to the superior compression
- The .gif turned 25 in 2012.
- The creators of the format pronounced .gif with a soft "g" but after it appeared in dictionaries, either pronunciation was deemed correct.