Who doesn’t love a good Tuesday tip on a Wednesday? (Apologies for the delay!) This time, I wanted to share some best practices on a topic I care deeply about: adding flair to your posts here on the Community.
It can be challenging to decipher a person’s tone in an online setting, so things like emoji and gifs can help further illustrate a point. Here’s how to start making your posts a little more personable:
Emoji: If you’re on a Mac, hit Control + Command + Space bar in the text box where you want to add the emoji. Voila! You’ve got all of them at your fingertips. On a PC, click on the touch keyboard symbol on the taskbar or right click on the taskbar and select Toolbars > Touch Keyboard. Then click the smiley face. 😎
Gifs: Whether you pronounce the word like the peanut butter brand, or the proper way with the hard G, these animations are a great way to articulate an emotion. Giphy is a great repository for them (just type the emotion you’re trying to convey in the search bar the top), or you can do a quick Google Image search (example: “excited gif”). Eventually, you start to develop an encyclopedic knowledge of your faves, and can use super specific search terms like “you got it dude gif” to access them faster.
To include them in your post on the Community, simply copy the gif’s URL (example: https://media.giphy.com/media/l41lZxzroU33typuU/giphy.gif), click the Insert Photos button above the text box, click URL, paste it and click Insert.
Memes: Pronounced like “meem,” these images and videos represent a concept or catchphrase, often with a viral effect on sites like Reddit and Twitter. Sites like Know Your Meme keep a record of the super popular as well as the obscure.
Some classic memes that have withstood the test of time include the Pun Husky:
… and many, many more.
Add your own text to the photos with sites like Meme Generator, and insert them like you would a photo into your post.
I hope you’re having 34% more fun already. Share your favorite gif or meme in the comments below!