How To Use Google’s New GIF Search Tools

How To Use Google’s New GIF Search Tools
Screenshot: Brendan Hesse, <a href="https://medium.com/@smfrogers/emoting-with-pop-culture-44091bfe3d75">Google</a>

Google released several new GIF search tools that should make it much easier to find the exact animate image you’re looking for. Users can use the tools—which use search data from the Tenor GIF app—to narrow down their search criteria more accurately and get suggestions based on the mood or context they want—no more combing through unrelated images fussing with search terms to find the right GIF.

You’ll find all of the search tools in this Medium post. They’re super simple to use—just tap/click the dropdown box and type in the name, action, or mood you want to search for—however, each tool has its own unique search function. Here’s what they do:

  • The first two search boxes show what moods, actions, or emotions are most associated with a specific celebrity or fictional character. The first box lists the rankings in a collage of stacked boxes, and the other listed them in ranked order, with the most popular listed at the top.

  • The next box lets you search based on a specific action or emotion to see the most-used GIFs and most popular celebrities for that category.

  • The last tool lets display a range of celebrity GIFs based on emotional spectrums—either happy/sad and laugh/cry— with positive GIFs on the right, and negative ones on the left.

For now, these tools seem to only be available on the medium post, but they’ll hopefully make their way into the Tenor app and web page in the future. In the meantime, they’re helpful for finding which search results will work best, and it’s fun to see which moods or activities certain characters and celebrities are associated with.

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