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This article was published on April 1, 2015

    Imgur’s collaborative April Fools’ joke blindly matches your GIFs to other users’ captions

    Imgur’s collaborative April Fools’ joke blindly matches your GIFs to other users’ captions
    Owen Williams
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    Owen Williams

    Former TNW employee

    Owen was a reporter for TNW based in Amsterdam, now a full-time freelance writer and consultant helping technology companies make their word Owen was a reporter for TNW based in Amsterdam, now a full-time freelance writer and consultant helping technology companies make their words friendlier. In his spare time he codes, writes newsletters and cycles around the city.

    Imgur’s April Fools’ day joke is kind of amazing; it’s called Imgur Collaborative and allows users to create either a title, description or image for a post and be matched with a fellow user’s creations.

    The catch is that the titler/image uploader/description writer doesn’t know what they’re going to be combined with at all, so it’s a total lucky dip and the results are terrifying/hilarious/confusing/awful/great.

    Screen Shot 2015-04-02 at 9.23.10 am

    I chose to be the image uploader and dropped in a great GIF I’d made from this “don’t copy that floppy” YouTube video. Once uploaded, you’ll need to wait a few seconds to be matched with the perfect title and description.

    The result? This.

    Screen Shot 2015-04-02 at 9.23.24 am

    You can see some of the other random collaborations that resulted on Imgur’s new collaborative page. They’re random and they’re sometimes beautiful.

    The company is also currently running a “Imgur plays Imgur” stream where the chat drives a computer that’s browsing the site, which is a joke relating to Twitch Plays Pokemon.

    Imgur Collaborative