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Imgur Now Lets You Upload GIFs With Sound

Dave Parrack 30-05-2018

Imgur is evolving. After almost 10 years of hosting still images and GIFs, Imgur is moving into video for the first time. However, if you’re not a fan of change, don’t worry too much, as Imgur’s take on video basically amounts to GIFs with sound.


In 2009, sharing images online The 7 Best Imgur Alternatives for Uploading and Sharing Images Fed up with Imgur and its restrictions? Here are the best Imgur alternatives for uploading and sharing images. Read More wasn’t as easy as it is now. And that’s what prompted Alan Schaaf to create Imgur. It has since been used to host images and GIFs that can then be shared on social media sites such as Facebook, Twitter, and Reddit.

And now Imgur is adding video…

Imgur Adds GIFs With Sound

On the Imgur Blog, the Imgur team explains how you can now upload videos (with sound) to Imgur. Unfortunately, this only applies to users of the iOS app, as while everyone can watch the videos, only iOS users can upload the new video format.

Imgur videos can only be a maximum of 30 seconds long, hence their billing as “GIFs with sound”. All videos are muted by default to prevent the Imgur homepage blurting out a cacophony of sound. But clicking on the sound option adds an aural element.

Oh now with sound?!


Imgur calls this “a monumental shift for our future, and it furthers our commitment to becoming the world’s greatest community powered entertainment destination.” Which may sound like hyperbole, until you realize how this could be used to make money.

Advertisers love video, which is why YouTube and Facebook are raking in so much cash at the moment. Imgur, with its focus on still images and silent GIFs, hasn’t been able to take advantage of that. Until now. Which explains the shift to video.

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While this is mostly about Imgur trying to pay the bills, it also feels like a natural evolution. It means users have another outlet for their creativity, and it also means we’ll no longer have to go looking for the source video to add context to a GIF.

If you’re as obsessed with GIFs as we are then you should read our guide to GIFs GIFs, The Language Of The Web: Their History, Culture, and Future Everything you ever wanted to know about the history of GIFs, how they've evolved, and their cultural impact and significance. Read More , which examines the history, culture, and future of the visual format which is definitely pronounced GIF (like “gift”) and not JIF (like “giant”).

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  1. L
    June 1, 2018 at 12:35 am

    Why the imgur story include dogs about to kill a cat? Weird choice Dave.

  2. Rachell Robson
    May 31, 2018 at 6:48 pm is also a great review sites! They even filter by verified reviews!

  3. Doc
    May 30, 2018 at 9:16 pm

    The creator of the format, Steve Wilhite, specifically said it's pronounced "JIF." End of discussion.