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Life on Loop: How GIFs Became the Communication Currency of the 21st Century

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The graphics interchange format, better known as the GIF, has come a long way since the blinking “under construction” signs of the early web. Despite its adaptability and ease of use, the GIF became a pariah in the era between Web 1.0 and Web 2.0. Since then, everything has changed. Today the GIF is the lingua franca for people eager to express themselves with more than just an emoticon. Used to explain everything from foreign policy to the Superbowl Half Time Show – GIFs represent a powerful and entertaining way to get complicated ideas across in a matter of seconds. In addition, this new use of GIFs have opened up unique opportunities for content creators, small businesses and marketers to add to their toolkits.

Key Take Aways

  • Brief history of the GIF
  • Why, as an audience, we emotionally connect with GIFs
  • The elements that make a good GIF
  • How to use GIFs to enhance content and promote/market a brand.
  • How to make a GIF
Intermediate Social Media & Marketing Session

Q: I’ll be coming to PodCamp Toronto by car, is there parking?

Parking is not provided on-site, though there are several paid lots and some street parking available in the immediate area. Heated underground parking is available directly across Gould Street underneath the Metro grocery store. To access it, come north from Dundas up Dalhousie Street (one way) and the entrance to the garage will be on your right just before you get to Gould.

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