Before you proceed, I must warn you. Reading this post may result in loss of productivity and wasted time. On the other hand, it may also make you a better online conversationalist and drastically improve your sense of humor. Reader discretion is advised.
GIF images and memes have become a popular way of expressing one’s emotions and opinions online. Here are 16 websites you can use to find the most relevant, fresh, and on-point images.
This is an obvious one, but if you have been living in a cave for the past few years, your life is about to change. Giphy.com is visited by 100 million people daily and it is by far the largest GIF image repository. You can essentially find any moving image you can imagine.
This vast GIF library offers a number of ways to search. You can browse by categories, look at reactions, search by keyword or by hashtag. Also, Giphy offers over 2800 partner galleries to choose from such as magical Disney and crave-worthy Kit Kat. Even NASA recently created an official channel on Giphy where they regularly post educational and fascinating footage from their collection.
2. Tumblr TV
If you want to take your love of GIF to the next level, you must try Tumblr TV. It allows you to stream currently trending GIFs or GIFs on the topic or tag of your choice on full screen. All you have to do is click on the “Next” button and wait for the right GIF image to find you.
Also, Tumblr seems to be a popular platform for sharing GIFs. There are quite a few cool galleries that are dedicated to GIFs only. Some of them you will find below.
This blog was started by two best friends who wanted to share funny GIFs with each other. Their collection portrays life so accurately that you instantly want to befriend them. Especially since all of the images are either created by them or hand picked from other sources. Although there isn’t really a convenient way to search other than going to the archive and scrolling through, if you’re looking for a GIF to express a feeling words cannot, chances are you will find it there.
4. Animal GIFs
Although this page hasn’t been updated since September 2012, its author has done a fine job at collecting cute animal GIFs. For easier search, go to the account’s archive page and you will see all the GIF thumbnails. From there, just scroll and pick the ones that melt your heart the fastest.
5. Educational GIFs
If you ever want to change things up and look at educational GIFs, there is a place for that. This blog has a collection of GIFs showing how things around us work. Some of them are quite mesmerizing as they show, in a simple way, things that appear to be complex or things that we never really think about. For instance, have you ever thought about how tattoos are removed?
You can go to the archive page to view the thumbnails and see if any particular GIF catches your eye, or you can just scroll to see GIFs and their explanations one by one.
Reaction GIFs are snippets of emotions in a GIF. This website is dedicated only to this type of GIF. What’s cool about it is that you can search by a feeling (such as “Dancey” or “Proud”), by answer ( like “Yes” or “Hell No!”), by keyword, by tag, or by gallery. This way you’ll find the best giphy to express what you’re feeling right now.
Sometimes all you need is the perfect GIF of a cat to prove a point. Or maybe you just need to look at cats for a minute or two… hours. Then this website was made for you. (And let’s be honest, by “you” I mean everyone.) Go there and scroll until you feel fully stress-free. Alternatively, you can search by keyword or by tag to find that purrfect GIF.
8. Make a GIF
The name of this website is pretty clear. This is where you go to make a GIF from pictures or video. But what’s more important is that this website also has a large collection of GIFs you can browse by category or search by keyword. Once you’ve narrowed down your search, you can then sort the results by popularity and date. However, if you don’t feel like searching, you can just go to the “Popular” tab and see what’s trending at the moment.
9. Funny or Die
Sometimes you just don’t have time to sort through hundreds of GIFs to pick the best one. Luckily, Funny or Die puts together a weekly collection of 21 Best GIFs of All Time. So far it has 171 such collections, which means there are over 3,500 hand-picked GIFs for you to choose from.
10. Meme Generator
This website claims to be “the first online meme generator” and has been around since 2009. This website not only makes meme creation super easy, it also acts as a huge library of memes organized by characters. For example, if you want to see all the memes in the “Y U No” category (apparently, the most popular character of all time), you can easily do so:
Once you’re in the category gallery, Meme Generator offers some information about the origins and usage of the character and lets you sort memes by date. Once you’re inspired by all the examples, you can create your own meme and hope it makes it to the top of the list.
If you feel a little adventurous, you can also browse Meme Groups. These are user-generated collections. You can start one of your own or contribute to an existing one.
11. Reddit Memes
A popular place for sharing viral content, Reddit will help you stay on top of your meme game. Its meme subreddit has over 25,000 subscribers who make sure the channel is always full of fresh memes. These fans will also predict which memes you will be receiving from your friends over the next few weeks.
Reddit also has a lot of other subreddits dedicated to specific meme topics. To find them you can go to a search engine and use a search operator “:site” along with reddit.com followed by the meme theme you’re trying to find.
In the search results, you will see the most relevant content but only from reddit.com.
Another great website with hundreds of memes to choose from. Browse by “Featured”, “Random”, “Most Popular”, or “Community”. Have a specific meme in mind? Just use the search bar option. Looking for a specific character? Head over to the “Characters” and search there:
Imgur is one of those websites you go to to find one good meme to illustrate your point and end up finding yourself looking at pictures of cute baby otters two hours later. No wonder this image search engine is visited by 150 million people monthly! It’s perfect for finding any type of image, but especially memes. And here’s why:
- You can search by titles, tags, users, or image extensions.
- Once the search results are back, you will know how many images matched your queue.
- You can also use advanced search to find exactly the meme you’re looking for.
- You can sort results by relevancy, score, and within different time frames such as today, this week, this month, or this year.
This meme gallery wins an award for being the most time-sucking of all. Some evil genius must have designed this website. Once you go to the homepage, you have a choice of 1) entering a keyword, 2) selecting a broad category such as “sports” or “celebrities”, 3) choosing from one of the trending topics, or 4) infinitely scrolling through either “Popular” or “Latest” memes.
The tricky part is, no matter which option you choose, you will end up seeing some memes AND other relevant or not-so-relevant categories. And you can’t help but keep on clicking.
If you are a Simpsons fan, chances are you already know about this website. But if you don’t, it’s the Simpsons screenshot search engine with nearly 3 million screencaps to search from. Why is it awesome?
- You must search for the actual quotes. So searching by character name, for example, won’t work.
- You can search Seasons 1 through 17 as well as The Simpsons movie.
- You can create both memes & GIFs of your favorite moments.
- Once you’ve found the quote you’re looking for, Frinkiac will show the episode and the season number the quote appeared in and it will link you to the Wikipedia page dedicated to that episode.
16. Know Your Meme
How embarrassing is it when your friend sends you a meme and you just don’t get it? Thanks to Know Your Meme, you never need to worry about that happening to you again. It is a library of 2,700 memes researched and categorized. You can search the database or browse by a meme’s status such as “Confirmed”, “Submissions”, “Researching”, etc.
Once you find the meme, you can learn more about it, its origin, history, usage, cultural references, and examples. The articles Know Your Meme’s team puts together are very detailed and are often 1,000 words or more, so you will never have to guess where popular memes come from.