On the 15th June 2017, the GIF (those animated things that keep Gifville’s lights turned on) celebrated 30 years since it was devised by Steve Wilhite, of the US early computing firm CompuServe. Since then they have gone from strength to strength.
To celebrate this special milestone, Gifville will be releasing special #30YearsofGIFs pieces featuring the first GIFs to go viral. Up above is one of a series of GIFs made by GIPHY Studios to mark 30 years of dancing bananas and stuff. This one features Internet sensation Logan Paul.
Credits: GIPHY Studios via Facebook newsroom
I don’t really, but I do have a Yahoo email address, and of course, we can’t forget the company’s contribution to the development and popularity of the public internet.
Credits: Julian Chan via GifCities and Internet Archive
Internet Call Manager – a service launched in the 1990s for people to be able to monitor incoming calls while they were using the phone line for their dial-up internet. It was the flagship product of InfoInterActive, a small US tech firm. Oh, the days before broadband and mobiles, aye!
Credits: a1telecoms via GifCities and Internet Archive
SafeSurf – a family-friendly website ratings system popular among Geocities websites and others during the early days of the Web in the Nineties. The company first came into service in 1995 and are still going strong today.
Credits: SafeSurf via Smith Family Cyber-Home, GifCities and Internet Archive
A Namo WebEditor banner icon from the early days of the Web. Not designed by Indian prime minister Narendra Modi (a.k.a. NaMo)
Credits: Crossroads via GifCities and Internet Archive
… with a gift for humanity. Fast fibre-optic broadband.
Credits: Som na Caixa via GifCities and Internet Archive
Lately I have been influenced and mesmerised by vaporwave art, which is reminiscent of the 1980s and incorporates elements of consumerism culture, retro technology, giving a visual nod to ancient Greek culture and the neon lights of Tokyo. In homage, I’ve produced my own take on vaporwave, making sure to remain faithful to this flourishing internet culture that revolves around art and sample-rich music, while allowing for a bit of my unique artistic interpretation.
Credits: Vijay Shah via Blingee
A GIF advert from British television and broadband provider Sky offering unlimited internet for a year. It features Duke from new children’s film “The Secret Life of Pets”. This post was influenced by a Twitter account named Talk Broadband.
Credits: Sky Broadband and Talk via Broadband Advisor
Internet: the mother of vaporwave.
Credits: haydiroket (Mert Keskin) and Giphy
This summer, the EU decides on net neutrality. If we lose, European ISPs win the power to give some sites & apps special treatment—while slowing others to a crawl. – Gifville supports a free Internet!!
Credits: savenetneutrality.eu via Rabirius