GifURL Ruby on Rails and HTML5
GifURL came from an annoyance. Finding GIFs online was hard. Go ahead, find the direct URL of a gif of Michael Jackson eating popcorn right now. Time yourself.
Designing a faster alternative
http://gifurl.com/popcorn.gif should return a popular popcorn gif
http://gifurl.com/popcorn jackson.gif should return the Michael Jackson popcorn gif
http://gifurl.com/popcorn.2.gif should return the second most popular popcorn gif
http://gifurl.com/http://i.imgur.com/2UxZE.gif should rehost the gif and let us tag it
The result should be embeddable as an image and never break.
Used rails. Built it. Added tools for screen scraping and mass importing.