What does that mean? Well, here is Google's Matt Steiner with an animated profile photo, as an animated GIF:
Cute? Yes. Geeky? Oh yeah! But I have a concern.
Google has told us that our authorship headshot has to be of some quality. We know that Google uses the Google+ profile photo in many cases as the authorship photo. We also know that most of us would not consider animated GIFs acceptable quality for a writer's headshot.
Would an animated GIF work for authorship in Google's search results snippets? If so, would Google only show one frame or let them be animated in the search results?
If I had to guess? Google will not use animated GIFs as authorship thumbnails in the search results.
I personally will not be testing this.
This story was scheduled to be posted today and was not written today.