Inspiration

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.

Building it

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

Use it

http://gifurl.com

About the Author

Brian is a game and web developer in San Francisco working at Code.org, 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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