One Small Step for NASA, One Giant Leap for GIFs



Last week, NASA announced that it would open an official account at Giphy, a GIF database and social media platform, bringing the space agency up to speed with the way young people communicate in the internet age.

Well, kind of. The agency announced its new account (and one on Pinterest) in somewhat bureaucratic, defiantly non-millennial terms.

“NASA engages and inspires the public by sharing unique content through social media,” it said in a news release. “Don’t forget to check out NASA’s accounts regularly, as there are more Pins and GIFs to come.”

(Animated GIFs — or graphics interchange format — are short, looped video clips often shared around the internet. You may not…

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