Animated gifs (also pronounced jiffs) are a type of file that have been around for a long time but have seen a recent resurgence in popularity. You can treat GIFs like still images in the way that you upload and share them, but they are animated, so they can behave like tiny little looping videos or slideshows.
The website http://giphy.com is a good place to browse and search through GIFs to get an idea of how people use them. Sometimes people make GIFs out of small moments from a recognizable video, TV show or movie. People also use them to make short animations out of still images they’ve made or captured themselves.
MakeAGif is an easy to use tool that allows you to create any of these kinds of GIFS. From http://www.makeagif.com, you can sign up for a free account. You don’t have to have an account, but making one will let you create longer, higher quality GIFs, and will let you make them without a watermark for makeagif.com.
This video will take you through the process of making your own animated GIF.