Despite being introduced by CompuServe roughly 17 years ago, the Graphics Interchange Format (GIF) is still widely used in today's connected society. Creating a GIF, however, isn't all that easy as you need to find a trustworthy online converter or third-part app to get the job done.
That's no longer the case should you be interested in turning a YouTube video into a GIF. The team behind messaging app Glypic have created a super simple site that virtually anyone can use. Simply type "GIF" in front of any YouTube URL to open the unofficial web tool.
For example, the URL "https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ak7W3dPB6PI" would become "https://www.gifyoutube.com/watch?v=Ak7W3dPB6PI" which then takes you to the GIF creation page where you can select the start time, GIF length and add a title.
Simply click "Create GIF" when you have everything set the way you like and you'll get a custom URL to your new GIF as well as options to share it on several social networking sites.
It's worth reiterating that this isn't an official app or service from YouTube. As such, there's really no way to tell how long the service will remain up and running - especially if it gains widespread media coverage. The site could very well crash under heavy traffic or worst case scenario, YouTube's lawyers could have the site shut down due to trademark claims.
Either way, this seems like a simple enough service that YouTube could offer itself. When or if they make that decision, however, is totally up in the air.