A humorous comic strip of all my friends has been bombarding my Facebook pages these last few days. A nice colourful thing called ‘Bitstrips’ is the latest app to the take the mobiles by storm. I must admit, it has added a touch of colour to my newsfeed.
Bitstrip allows users to create their very own cartoon alter-ego of themselves and their friends and watch it transform into a funny comic strip. As well as uploading a comic strip you can also add an amusing tagline to the bottom. So far more than 11 million people have downloaded Bitstrips since its launch but it looks like the craze won’t last long as some people are failing to see the funny side of the strip and it’s constant use.
An updated version was released earlier this week with more than 1,000 different cartoon templates to choose from. The company first released the app in December last year but only just released the iPhone version at the end of September this year, along with the Android version last week.
I think the reason why the app is so popular is because you can create a cartoon version of yourself and express your creativity. It has a wide range of hairstyles and fashions and you can craft it into your perfect avatar. By adding the funny tagline you can relate to your friends and get your much needed ‘likes’ on Facebook (isn’t that what everyone wants?)
Bitstrips CEO Jacob Blackstock recently said: 'Bitstrips is hard to categorize because it's not a game. 'It's a new way to express yourself and interact with your friends. Instead of posting the same things as everyone else, you can create something that relates to your life.'
That sums it up nicely I think, it’s a lovely idea and something to brighten up Facebook. So far I am not sick of it but I am sure that time will come. Until then I will enjoy the funny tales of my cartoon friends.
If you want to give it a try and ultimately annoy your friends, visit Bitstrips.
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