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 should return a popular popcorn gif jackson.gif should return the Michael Jackson popcorn gif should return the second most popular popcorn gif should rehost the gif and let us tag it

The result should be embeddable as an image and never break.

Building it

Used rails. Built it. Added tools for screen scraping and mass importing.

Use it

About the Author

Brian is a game and web developer in San Francisco working at, a non-profit focused on growing access to Computer Science education. Brian also curates Coding for Interviews, a weekly programming interview practice newsletter. Formerly @ PopCap, intern @ TripAdvisor, One Laptop per Child, Tufts CS. Follow Brian on Twitter @bcjordan.

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