Photobucket Corporation, the world’s leading dedicated photo and video sharing service, will debut the Photobucket Animated GIF Maker for iPhone and Android at next week’s Denver Comic Con. Now all 20 million Photobucket mobile users will be able to create their own animated GIFs to share on Photobucket, social networks, forums and blogs. The Animated GIF Maker is available on the Photobucket mobile app for iOS, and will be coming soon to Android. Both are free to download through iTunes and the Google Play stores.
This announcement sets Photobucket apart as the first and only photo sharing company to integrate animated GIF creation into its apps. “Every day, over 20 million animated GIFs are shared from Photobucket to more than 200 million unique sites. Engagement with animated GIFs is twice as much as it is with static images. They can be quite humorous, so they get shared out a lot,” said Tom Munro, CEO of Photobucket. “We’re providing our users with a simple way to create their own animated GIFs and making it easy to share them with friends and family across their favorite social sites and forums,” adds Munro.
Photobucket is home to over 15 billion images, and over a billion of those are animated GIFs. An animated GIF (Graphics Interchange Format) is a short, looping animation or video clip in image form. Animated GIFs are now being used in everything from humorous content to instructional articles, and by journalists to help portray content. Leveraging the popularity and convenience of animated GIFs, Photobucket’s new mobile feature enables anyone to create, store, and share animated GIFs instantaneously.
Following the launch of the updated Photobucket Website in May of last year, and hot on the heels of the new mobile app experience that launched in January of this year, the Animated GIF Maker is the latest in a line of Photobucket innovations. The GIF Maker is the first of many new, additional features that will be made available to mobile app users.
“The recent redesign of Photobucket has allowed the company to see growth like we saw in the early days,” said Mike Clark, Chief Technology Officer at Photobucket. “Since our inception, we have always been committed to innovation, and to bringing top advancements to our users,” adds Clark.
AN EXCUSE FOR A GIF PARTY, TBH! & also philosophical discussion about how history will remember the GIF and how GIF is part of CELEBRITY CULTURE!