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Monday, March 16 • 9:30am - 10:30am
Behind The GIF: The Future of Online Visual Culture

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Communication online is increasingly visual. Whether GIFs, emoji, or image macros - the emergent culture of the web is centered around images more than text or full video. How did this happen? What are the root causes? And where is it likely to go into the future?
There are many parts to this story: part of it is generational - there have been important shifts in the communication behavior of younger and older demographics of web users. Another big part of the story is infrastructure: platforms like Imgur, Tumblr, and Giphy has propelled the accessibility and ease of sharing images at rapid speed through the communities of the web.
This panel will bring together an unprecedented conversation between the creators, platforms, and commentators of the evolving visual frontier of the web. We’ll tackle the latest developments in the space, and give a glimpse of what’s to come.

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Speakers
avatar for Alex Chung

Alex Chung

Founder & CEO, Giphy
Alex Chung is currently the founder and CEO of Giphy the world's largest gif search engine and a hacker in residence at Betaworks.
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Tim Hwang

Dir of Mktg, Imgur LLC
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Selena Larson

Journalist, The Daily Dot
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Alan Schaaf

Founder & CEO, Imgur LLC
Alan Schaaf is the founder and CEO of Imgur.com. He created the site in early 2009 while he was an undergraduate computer science student and was the sole developer for three years. During that time he independently scaled it to 1.5 billion page views and 30 billion image views per... Read More →
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Victoria Taylor

Dir of Communications, reddit
Victoria came to reddit from working in the digital department for several years of ID PR (www.id-pr.com) where she was involved with the strategic social media marketing and overall digital public relations campaigns of ID’s talent, brands, and corporate clients. At reddit she... Read More →


Monday March 16, 2015 9:30am - 10:30am
ACC Room 12AB Austin Convention Center

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