A GIF (Graphics Interchange Format) is a digital image format that uses multiple frames of an image or soundless video to create a short, looping animation. This looping quality is what makes GIFs different from other image files, such as JPEGs or PNGs.

People use GIFS as a form of expression on social media and instant messaging platforms to convey emotions, reactions, and humor. Many GIFs, like Nyan Cat, are pop culture icons.

In web design, GIFs add visual interest, demonstrate how a product works, or provide instructions. However, their larger file size increases load time for webpages and thus should be used sparingly.

Learn more about GIFs and other image file types to stay up-to-date on the best visuals for your website.

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