In Pictures: Greatest comebacks in tech history

Knocked flat and left for dead -- these 10 technologies and companies turned around their fate with historic flair

Greatest tech comeback No. 10: GIFs Once consigned to the dustbin of forgotten graphics formats, the humble GIF (graphics interchange format) made a remarkable resurgence in 2012. Thanks in large part to the popularity of Tumblr, animated GIFs became the preferred tool for snarky commentary on everything from garroulous politicians to grumpy cats. The comeback was so complete that the 25-year-old GIF was named Word of the Year by the Oxford English Dictionary. Next: a sitcom starring William Shatner titled “GIFs My Dad Made.”

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