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Get animated: Google finally adds GIFs to image search

All the fans of animated GIF images out there are in luck: Google has finally added a filter for GIFs and animated files to its already robust image search engine, the company said today.

GIFs have been popular on the web for quite some time, but Google has caught up. GIFs have taken on a life of their own on mobile devices as well. Vimeo, for example, recently acquired GIF-making application Echograph to help it challenge apps like Twitter’s Vine app and Cinemagram.

To see GIFs when you search images in Google, just go to the drop down box, click “search tools,” click “any type,” and then click “animated.”

Google writes in a Google+ post today:

Even if you’re a fan of animated gifs — say you were the first to email your friends the slow loris very slowly eating a rice ball (goo.gl/KDDX1) — you may not know that the origins of animation go as far back as 1879 and Eadweard Muybridge’s “zoopraxiscope” (see our doodle homage to Muybridge: goo.gl/PGQW3). Gifs have been around since 1987 and have become the de facto standard for short animations on the web, from pony glitter text (goo.gl/iZoEZ) to grumpy cat memes (goo.gl/bC9um).

Starting today, there’s an easier way to unearth those gems: when you do an image search, click on “Search tools” below the search box, then select “Animated” under the “Any type” dropdown box.

We’ve also added a second handy filter: If you’re after the perfect picture of Easter basket clipart (goo.gl/XutAa) but must have one with a transparent background, simply select “Transparent” under the “Any color” dropdown box.

While I couldn’t get Google image search to work for animated files, I assume it will be rolled out to all users some time today. Until then, I’ll just keep staring at cute animal GIFs like the one above.

Dog GIF via wake-up-deadman/Tumblr

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