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Tumblr's New GIF Search Engine Takes The Pain Out Of Having To Use Actual Words

Because coming up with words can be so very difficult, Tumblr has added a GIF search engine to help users quickly locate an image that accurately expresses whatever it is they’re trying to write.

Tumblr says once a GIF is selected, it will be properly credited and the original GIF creator will be notified via their dashboard, phone and any other platform set up to receive Tumblr notifications.

“Since GIFs have replaced written language, we’re making it easier to turn your obsolete verbiage into modern moving pictures.”

To search for a GIF when writing a Tumblr post, click the “+” icon to the left of the screen, and then click the “GIF” button to find relevant images, as shown in the GIF here:

tumblr gif search

According to a report on TechCrunch, Tumblr is not relying on a third-party, but instead indexing GIFs that have been posted to the Tumblr platform.

“That means Tumblr users should be able to surface GIFs using less common keywords than on some other search services, including via unique Tumblr slang, sayings and other abbreviations that members of the various fandoms on Tumblr use,” writes TechCrunch reporter Sarah Perez.

TechCrunch claims, with Tumblr’s more than 239 million blogs and more than 80 million daily posts, the site contains over 112 billion posts – many of which include GIFs that are now searchable.

Opinions expressed in this article are those of the guest author and not necessarily Search Engine Land. Staff authors are listed here.

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