Video of the Week: History of the Animated GIF

earth_gif_150.jpgIn the early days of the Web there was a lot of experimenting going on. It was a brand new world where almost anything seemed possible. Decades later, many of those dreams have come true and new dreams have been born. In the meantime, a lot of the early innovation have come, seen their day in the sun, and been cast aside when something new comes along. Through it all one element has remained, the go to resource for geeks everywhere: the animated GIF.

The GIF was created by CompuServe in 1987, years before many of today’s brightest Internet entrepreneurs were born. It became popular with Web designers in the early 1990s and the heyday of AOL dial-up Internet and exploded when the first modern browsers such as Netscape evolved in the mid-1990s.