I remember fondly when I "built" my first website. It was back in the
late 90's, and it was a GeoCities website.
For the readers that didn't have the Internet so far back, GeoCities was
like the Wix or the Weebly of the time.
You can see what your website would have looked like as a GeoCities
website using the GeoCities-izer tool. Try it with www.google.com.au
GeoCities was a free website provider with all the tools, bell and
whistles one needed to build a state-of-the-art, first class website.
Easily the best feature that GeoCities provided however, aside from the
marquee text and fluorescent font colours, was the exhaustive library of
Every GeoCities website used them to great effect, literally (and I don't
mean figuratively) displaying dozens and dozens of animated gifs.
Often, the best part of a visiting a GeoCities website was waiting for
your web browser to load every gif file, keeping in mind that most
Internet connections were 56Kb/s back then.
Sadly, as the popularity of GeoCities started to wane, and around the
same time that Flash became popular, animated gifs were ditched like an
empty milk carton out a car window on a long, quiet road.
Readers, I have exciting news, as the animated gif looks set for
a come back.
In what appears to be a throwback to the heyday, website owners are once
again embracing the now "retro-coolness" of adding animated gifs into the
content of their websites.
There have even been vocal calls for Facebook and Twitter to add support
for animated gifs into feeds and on user pages.
And we here at iASP Central embrace this new movement for many reasons:
Animated gifs are an effective way to catch attention on a page.
Animated gifs are supported on Apple devices, a major advantage over
Animated gifs are smaller in file size than video.
Animated gifs don't require a special player to be installed.
Animated gifs are treated as images and so can be added almost anywhere
Animated gifs are really easy to make. A lot easier than a video, or a
Are you thinking about adding animated gifs to your
website? Let us know on the iASP Central Facebook Page, or Get in Touch.