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March 20, 2013 8:04 AM   Subscribe

OMGif! [Wired] "On Tuesday, Google announced via Google+ that Image Search now has an “Animated” filter. That means that if you’re only searching for animated magic, you need never be bothered with a still image again. Finally that search for Jennifer Lawrence GIFs from the Academy Awards just got a whole lot easier."
posted by Fizz (31 comments total) 11 users marked this as a favorite

 
OK, Google, I guess this makes up for killing Reader.
posted by Cash4Lead at 8:09 AM on March 20, 2013 [5 favorites]


Now all we have to do is convince all of our favorite blogs to convert their RSS feeds to animated GIF format, and it'll be a passable Reader replacement.
posted by Strange Interlude at 8:12 AM on March 20, 2013 [14 favorites]


Also, if you make an announcement on G+, does it actually count as an announcement?
posted by Strange Interlude at 8:14 AM on March 20, 2013 [21 favorites]


Ok, so, say, if I search for a diesel engine oscillating piston does is bring up a nsfw page/icon by default? (just to be safe)
posted by sammyo at 8:14 AM on March 20, 2013 [1 favorite]


Greetings from 1989:
Appendix
D. Conventions.

Animation - The Graphics Interchange Format is not intended as a platform for animation, even though it can be done in a limited way.
Implementing a rudimentary gif handler would be an interesting interview question.
posted by boo_radley at 8:15 AM on March 20, 2013 [1 favorite]


This will become genuinely useful as soon as it works when supplied with a vague description of something I saw on Tumblr at 2 A.M.
posted by griphus at 8:21 AM on March 20, 2013 [1 favorite]


"Uh, it's Sam and Dean from season 2 or maybe 3 and they're giving each other a look that's like 'duuuude' and it's sort of washed out."
posted by griphus at 8:22 AM on March 20, 2013 [10 favorites]


Wait, what?!
posted by dirtdirt at 8:26 AM on March 20, 2013 [2 favorites]


tumblr is probably why GR got the boot -- I know google is full of impossibly smart people, but I don't think there's any way to monetize a constant stream of 5 MB "blingee breaking bad I am the one who tokes" gifs.
posted by boo_radley at 8:28 AM on March 20, 2013


griphus_tossing_folder_marked_BusinessPlan_into_fire.gif
posted by griphus at 8:32 AM on March 20, 2013 [7 favorites]


It's too bad browsers couldn't all decide on an animated PNG format (of which there are two, MNG, which is practically unsupported, and APNG, which is sparsely supported). 'Cuz GIFs are everyfreakingwhere these days and pretty much all look like crap due to their 256 color limit. I guess it doesn't really matter if you're just putting some lulzy image on your tumblr or internet comment thread, but stuff like cinemagraphs would be a lot nicer!
posted by zsazsa at 8:45 AM on March 20, 2013 [1 favorite]


YES. I've been wondering why the crap this never was a thing that worked before

you've finally acknowledged the existence of tumblr, google.
posted by ninjew at 8:53 AM on March 20, 2013 [1 favorite]


So this is Google's way of telling Giphy, "Stop it, you're embarrassing yourself"?
posted by radwolf76 at 9:01 AM on March 20, 2013 [2 favorites]


Ok Metafilter, Google has made its move. Now can we have one day a year where people can post images? It'll be like a site-wide holiday.
posted by drezdn at 9:15 AM on March 20, 2013 [3 favorites]


What I want from Google Image Search is Reverse Safe Search. That is, an option that ONLY shows me the images Safe Search would block.

It's, uh, for a friend.
posted by Legomancer at 9:34 AM on March 20, 2013 [5 favorites]


[…] I guess this makes up for killing Reader.

"What do you think of Google?"

Super not over it.
posted by wreckingball at 9:39 AM on March 20, 2013 [2 favorites]


no, this actually totally doesn't make up for killing reader

you can't shoot my dog and then make up for it by buying me an ice cream cone, I am not a small child
posted by This, of course, alludes to you at 9:55 AM on March 20, 2013 [15 favorites]


What I want from Google Image Search is Reverse Safe Search.

It should be possible to code up an app that does this in any of a number of environments.

1. Submit GIS query with safe search off, but do not load any images, even the thumbnails, on the returned page.

2. Submit GIS query with safe search on, ditto

3. Strike all results that are in search #2 from search #1 and display the thumbnails and links.
posted by localroger at 9:59 AM on March 20, 2013


Ok Metafilter, Google has made its move. Now can we have one day a year where people can post images? It'll be like a site-wide holiday.

I was going to argue with your word choice here until I did a definition search for 'holiday':

"A day of festivity or recreation when no work is done."


Sounds about right after all.
posted by MCMikeNamara at 10:16 AM on March 20, 2013 [2 favorites]


@localroger

you can't turn "safe search" off in GIS at this point, what they are calling "safe search off" is actually moderate safe search
posted by This, of course, alludes to you at 10:24 AM on March 20, 2013


OK, Google, I guess this makes up for killing Reader.

Let's spin the Wheel of Morality and find out!
                                  \/
ELL] [GO TO HELL] [GO TO HELL] [GO TO HELL] [GO TO HELL] [GO TO H
Nope!
posted by JHarris at 10:36 AM on March 20, 2013 [24 favorites]


Nope!

Awww, man, I was hoping for the trip to Tahiti.
posted by radwolf76 at 10:55 AM on March 20, 2013 [1 favorite]


Where do you think Tahiti is?
posted by Lemurrhea at 11:15 AM on March 20, 2013 [1 favorite]


Awww, man, I was hoping for the trip to Tahiti.

I was hoping for Red Snapper! It's very tasty!
posted by mightygodking at 11:16 AM on March 20, 2013 [2 favorites]


More important to me is the transparent background search filter they also added. Makes creating GIFs all that much easier.
posted by fungible at 12:07 PM on March 20, 2013


GIFs are everyfreakingwhere these days and pretty much all look like crap due to their 256 color limit. posted by zsazsa at 3:45 PM

The thing is that 256 colour limit is what makes the files small enough to post anywhere. If we had high quality animated PNGs, they would be such large files that you might just as well use an actual movie file format.

Its the same with lo-fi MP3's, sometimes convenience outweighs quality.
posted by Lanark at 12:13 PM on March 20, 2013 [1 favorite]


Animation - The Graphics Interchange Format is not intended as a platform for animation, even though it can be done in a limited way.

The street finds its own uses for things.
posted by Strange Interlude at 12:48 PM on March 20, 2013 [1 favorite]


filetype:gif
posted by MOWOG at 2:18 PM on March 20, 2013


filetype:gif

Brings up too many single frame loops.
posted by radwolf76 at 3:05 PM on March 20, 2013 [1 favorite]


Griphus...you mean this one?
posted by The Whelk at 3:10 PM on March 20, 2013 [2 favorites]


:O
posted by griphus at 5:06 AM on March 21, 2013


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