I've been making screenshots of my OptiDisc GIF when it appears as as a background image or avatar on MySpace, LiveJournal, or other blogs or message boards. Not because I care about the hotlinking (which is how I find it--any use of the bandwidth of the image shows up in stats--the hit is pretty minimal) but as kind of a sociological project. As in, how many different contexts is this artwork applicable in? Besides homepages, it seems to be very popular as an avatar on automobile forums (!). About a third of the time there is some caption like "Your eyes are getting heavy..." I have over 30 uses of the GIF preserved, from around the Net--unfortunately the screen grabs are only stills and don't show it in its full pulsating glory. Eventually I'll put them up on a separate blog page. The sameness-in-diversity aspect is pretty intriguing. (Or diversity-in-sameness?) Not all of them are as good as Da Kid's:
I had no idea the OptidDisc had gone so viral! right on.
I've had a similar experience with a really dopey animated gif I made of a plant moving:
That's a great GIF--I can see why it's popular. The fact that it appears to pop back up at the end of the wilting cycle probably gives people hope. In that sense of "struggle against entropy" it reminds me of this much-loved kitten trying to stay awake GIF.
Wow, I think that I'm going to have to find some time to do a kitten v. plant gif battle...