I understand that it’s difficult for me to endorse a Tumblr made up of .gif reaction shots when the posting of .gifs to illustrate your emotions has become a central way of communication over the internet. It’d be like telling you, five years ago, what the unequivocally best cat blog was.
But I’m not saying that #whatshouldwecallme is the best .gif Tumblr I have seen or will see—more like, it’s a shining example of how to do this right. There are .gif threads on Reddit, and probably other forums, where the poster will recount a story and occasionally say, “Then I was like this” and link to a .gif. But what WSWCM does instead is to encapsulate an entire moment. It’s like when you discover that one word in a foreign language means “the man who cried for violence but not lost love,” or whatever.
It’s better if I show rather than tell, so here are a few fantastic examples:
WHEN MY FRIEND TELLS ME WHO THEY HAVE A CRUSH ON
WHEN YOU HEAR YOUR NAME DROPPED IN SOMEBODY ELSE’S CONVERSATION
HOW IT FEELS WHEN MY CRUSH GCHATS: BRB
The material of the .gifs isn’t specified, either; you range from Modern Family to the Real Housewives shows to anime. There’s no elitism; even if you haven’t seen the movies or TV shows in question, there’s a universality to the .gifs. It makes for an incredibly well-rounded collection that describe incredibly well-rounded people.
I have my issues with the nature of young fandom on the internet, but I’m really glad that they brought us this.