Did You Know That There is An App For GIFS?

I was texting with my friend Emily yesterday about random things and noticed that her previously-lacking GIF-game was suddenly on unparalleled fire. If I mentioned the word banana she was like, BOOM, banana GIF. If I said the word dolphin, SLAM, dolphin.

She wasn’t missing a beat, and equally as impressive was that the GIF-sources were completely varied. Most GIF collectors, like myself, tend to have a central theme. (For example the vast majority of mine revolve around Martha Stewart, Oprah and 1980s teen movies, whereas my friend Conley keeps a tightly curated grouping of RHOBH’s Camille and her various emotions.) Emily’s GIFS were so good,and so fast — normally one needs at least a minute locate an appropriate response — that I started to get suspicious.

It was after I said the word “socks” in a throwaway mention and she sent this back immediately:


— that I was like, Emily. The GIF-gig is up. There’s no way she randomly sought out a moving image of Chord Overstreet wearing a headband in a men’s bathroom declaring that he needs “more socks.”

I got her to “confess” the GIF’s point of origin, and so it was that there’s a relatively new app, changing lives, one animated figure at a time.

It’s called Riffsy GIF Keyboard and I suggest you download it to your phone before reading any further. (Note: you don’t need the new iPhone but you do need an iPhone and it has to be operating on iOS 8.) You can read more about the app here and download it here.

I’m still playing with it, but basically you install it like an Emoji keyboard and access it the same way. You can browse through an overwhelming library of GIFS, or, you can search KEYWORDS (hence her heroic reflexes re: banana, sock, dolphin and sneeze). The app retains so many GIFs that I almost feel like using it is cheating. After all, part of the fun of finding arbitrary GIFS of Martha Stewart drinking a 40 is having people write back “…why do you have that?”

Then again, though, you really just never know when you’ll have less than 5 seconds to locate and send Chord Overstreet in a men’s bathroom declaring that he needs more socks, so, have fun, and happy T.GIF!

  • Damn, I love GIFS. Downloading NOW!


  • Quinn Halman

    This is going to change mine and my contacts LIFE

  • Liz Warners

    I’m never telling my friends about this. I want to win at the GIF game so bad.

    • Amelia Diamond

      I know, don’t tell them. I almost didn’t tell you guys.

      • Liz Warners

        I’m going to have to use it in moderation so they don’t get ‘spicious.

  • Abigail

    “Emily’s GIFS were so goo,” *good

    • Amelia Diamond

      goo = the new fetch

      • Abigail

        can’t detect any sarcasm, going to implement goo into my vocabulary. i appreciate the mean girls reference on such an important day in history (october 3rd)

  • Élodie

    it feels like you just said in best october 3rd fashion to my samsung that it can’t sit with you 🙁

    • Amelia Diamond

      this will only make you stronger, a true purveyor of gifs as opposed to a sellout like me who has resorted to cheating.

  • k find me an app that will delete all of my unnecessary pictures and texts so I can free up enough storage to DL iOS 8 and then DL the app. thanks <3

    • Amelia Diamond

      char just told me yesterday that if you delete text conversations with someone you’ve sent a LOT of pics back and forth with, that helps

  • Best news EVER! Now I need to get iOS8 updated on my phone… :/

  • Maggie Clancy

    Ummmm…downloading this RIGHT NOW.

  • Um, this kind of ruins everything. Sorry. I wish this had never been invented 🙁 Why have I spent so much time collecting gifs?

  • Epic, my GIF life is slightly more complete now.

    xx Sarah | Loser Girl Wins

  • Kandeel

    I have an android so this just proves bugs bunny wins the gif game http://i.kinja-img.com/gawker-media/image/upload/s–dlbbd7DZ–/181xo4jzjt06egif.gif

  • This is amazing!

  • You can also try with Relay it is kind of a whatsapp with gifs! 😉

  • charmystique

    This almost makes me want to upgrade my iOS from a 6 to a 8. Should I?!


  • I might consider upgrading phones for this…

  • It kills me that I have an iPhone 4s because I need this app! My GIF game has never been strong. I’ve only ever been on the receiving side of the GIF game- the “lol”ing and laughing/crying emoji side.

  • Lucero

    I feel like I say this at least once a week, but Amelia, you have once again made my life.

  • Also, RELAY! Look it up!

  • Leah

    So I have a 5c and ios8 but when I paste the gif in to a message it only sends as a jpeg… any help?

  • There are lots of gif apps, but give Gifmoji a try too. 🙂

  • I finally bought a new phone and remembered this article about the GIF app that I wanted so badly back when I first read it – thanks again, MR! With the app now downloaded, I read the fine print (nerd alert) and felt sad. It can access ANYTHING I type? Anywhere? Including bank info? Woah bro. Better make sure we change the settings to not allow full access! Sneaky, sneaky.