The absolute funniest GIFs can be hard to come by, so here are some tips on where you can start looking.
Sign Up for a Free Account With Giphy –
Giphy is the web’s largest search engine for animated GIFs. In addition to having practically every GIF under the sun, it makes discovering new GIFs easier than ever.
Look at what’s trending on the front page, browse through the categories at the top, search for a specific keyword/phrase or even click on a particular GIF to see related GIFs beneath it. If you sign up for a free account with Giphy, you can also save all of your favorite GIFs by clicking the heart button and then accessing them again later from your Favorites section.
Search Google Images for GIFs –
Did you know that Google Image Search lets you filter out images that are just GIFs? All you have to do is enter a keyword or phrase search in Google.com, click Images at the top and then under Tools, select Tyoe and Animated from the dropdown menu.
Google will then show you all images related to your search that are animated GIFs. Click on any one of them to expand it and see it animate right before your eyes.
Search Tumblr’s “GIF” Tag –
Tumblr is the ultimate social network for image and GIF sharing. If you head on over to Tumblr.com/Search, you’ll see a bunch of personalized recommendations of blogs to follow, and you can pick out the GIFs by looking for the moving images in the post thumbnails.
So, browsing through Tumblr.com/tagged/gif will turn up real-time results of people posting GIFs. Not all of them are technically funny, and you’re almost certainly bound to come across some extremely NSFW content in that tag, but it’s a good place to start.
To break it down a little more, you can combine tags to search for funny GIFs. For example, you could search Tumblr posts that include the tags “funny” and “GIF” at Tumblr.com/tagged/funny+gif.
Pay attention to blog owners that post a lot of GIFs in the stream, because they may be worth following individually. Just searching through this particular tag stream will often show a lot of great posts from GIF-themed blogs.
If you have a Tumblr account, you could follow that blog to have all of its posts show up on your Tumblr dashboard.
Search Reddit’s /r/GIFs/ –
There’s a subreddit on Reddit that’s entirely dedicated to sharing great and often very funny GIFs. You can find it at Reddit.com/r/GIFs/.
The great thing about Reddit is that all the best content gets pushed up to the top of the list by users that upvote the stuff they like and downvote the stuff that isn’t worth being shown on the front page.
Like most image-based shares on Reddit, a lot of the GIFs will be hosted on Imgur.com, a free image sharing site.
Search Buzzfeed for GIFs –
BuzzFeed, a leading site that specializes in viral content, has some great GIFs on this site. To find them, just do a simple search for “gifs” in the site’s search bar and a bunch of results showing BuzzFeed’s most recently published iconic list-style posts should pop up.
Many of BuzzFeed’s GIF listicles have at least 15 or more in one post, so you’re bound to come across some super funny GIFs. The Definitive Collection of Cat GIFs is a great place to start.
Search KnowYourMeme –
You can do virtually the same thing for KnowYourMeme.com as you did with BuzzFeed above, by searching “gifs” in the site’s search bar, which should turn up some ideal results. KnowYourMeme.com focuses on tracking, confirming and telling the complete story of Internet memes that go viral, so many of the best are indeed GIFs— and they’re almost always funny.
Search Photobucket –
For your ultimate convenience, Photobucket has a page dedicated to their collection of nearly 6,000 animated funny GIFs, and just by glancing quickly over the first page, it’s obvious that there are some great ones in there.
Find Sites That Specialize in GIFs –
This may take some more digging around on the web, and you may have to do some further digging to find the really funny GIFs, but there are certain sites entirely dedicated to displaying great GIFs and nothing else. For instance, some popular GIF maker sites, which allow users to create their own GIFs from scratch, also feature their users’ GIFs and allow others to rate them so that the best ones get featured.