Bitmoji: A Communication Revolution

Understanding The Bitmoji

       

“Bitmoji is basically a personalized emoticon, designed by you, to look like a more delightful, caricatured version of your actual self” (Parker). Bitmojis were originally made from bitstrips where these are more individualized by each person who creates a bitmoji. The founders of Bitmoji were first the founders of Bitstrips. Bitstrips were co-developed by Jacob Blackstock and Jesse brown, it was made for an easier way to create comic strips without needing any artistic ability. Their own use of comics influenced their motivation in bitmojis. In December 2012, Bitstrips were launched for Facebook, and by July 2013 Bitstrips had 10 million users on Facebook. Then 2 years after launching Bitstrips on Facebook, they then launched Bitmoji, which was “a spin-off app that allows users to create stickers featuring Bitstrips characters in various templates”. By 2016 they were introduced to Snapchat, and allowed users to link both their snapchat and bitmoji together. Their company continued to operate out of Toronto, but Bitstrips were then shut down to potentially only focus on the growth of Bitmoji. In our society today we have become a very visual in the way we want to express ourselves by using iMessaging. Most of human communication is by using our cell phones which have included a lot of need for visual interaction. Texts can easily be interpreted in certain ways so with the help of bitmojis it is easier to express your feelings and beliefs.

 

History of Bitmoji

Bitmoji was introduced to Snapchat causing the company to expand significantly. The significant growth of Bitmojis was reported in April 2017 as “the most downloaded app on the iOs App Store in Australia, Canada, France, the United Kingdom, and the United States”. Bitmojis grew in popularity on Snapchat because of the visual connection between the virtual self (Bitmoji) and the physical image of the user. Many would argue that this was a genius partnership. Creating your bitmoji focuses on personalizing every little detail. On the Bitmoji app you have the ability to tailor your features to what you desire.  It’s a new form of connecting to people in unique ways, and adds more personality.  “I think, is that whether we admit it or not, we often reduce the world around us into digestible, cartoonish caricatures” (parker), the idea of having something available and easy to create, makes it entertaining similarly to comic strip.

 

Online Communication

Bitmojis were potentially a spin off of bitstrips but turned out to be so much more. In the app there’s ways to pick different skin tones that don’t technically exist in real life. He simply described, “these avatars are like your id, and that can take any form”, he’s open to any form people view themselves. I think people who aren’t comfortable in their own skin, can then take this as a positive attribute and make them look however they want. There’s also another aspect that provides people the chance to act in a way they might not as always by using bitmojis. In bitmojis there’s some that says “I love you this much” or “Miss you”, and sometimes this might not always be something we send to a friend or family member in text form. Bitmoji gives the user the type of accepted feeling everyone thrives for. Also, people are interested in bitmoji, because bitmoji puts out six new bitmojis each week. This gives people who love using bitmoji a reason to continue using the app. The founders created these images to allow people a different way to express themselves in texting, and other areas like snapchat.

There’s a connection between bitmoji and snapchat as well that people seem to use a lot. In snapchat, there’s now a button that allows you to easily add in your bitmoji. On snapchat there’s a button that can even take your personal bitmoji, and a friend’s bitmoji then place them in the same scene. Parker met with the co-founders of Bitmoji, Blackstock and Brown, she told both individuals what she thought of bitmojis. Her belief was that “the app’s appeal lies in its ability to offer us a more reductive version of ourselves, a more amiably goody persona than we often present to the world”. According to Parker in her article, “My Bitmoji, My Better Self”, says they didn’t disagree, but Blackstock said, “the app is all about emotion, and it’s you, and you’re expressing all these emotions”. The human communication digital channel has improved significantly. As a result of the creation of Bitmoji, it adds a fun way for users to incorporate their personality online and through a variety of apps that are compatible with Bitmoji.

Future of The Bitmoji

        Technology will continue to advance until glasses and other “wearables” will be needed. For now “using technology to place a digital layer on top of the real world, either for creative or functional reasons”, starting with technology we have today. Most people have a cellphone, like a smartphone in which they are able to view videos in a whole new different way. The new feature on iOs and Android, allows you to place three- dimensional avatars of yourself into the real world, “It’s essentially an animated 3D version of Bitmoji”.

 

 

How To Successfully Download Bitmoji App

 

There’s a way to download bitmoji on your phone, if you have an iPhone this is the step by step process on how to install the keyboard on iPhone and use it in imessage.

 

  1. After successfully completing the first step by going to the “app store” on your phone, and downloading the bitmoji app, go to settings.

Then after getting to settings, click on general, then keyboard, and click on “add new keyboard”.

 

Next making it to this step, select bitmoji, and this automatically adds bitmoji to your keyboard.

“Tap on Bitmoji in the Keyboards screen, then toggle “Allow Full Access” to on. There will be a warning pop-up about privacy concerns, tap “Allow” (unless you are concerned of course). After this, Bitmoji will be available in iMessage.”

 

It’s important to know that there’s an access screen which allows bitmoji to be accessed through iMessage. Then this is the process to getting it on your iPhone:

 

  • Open up a message on iMessage, and click the arrow on the left above the keyboard, and text box, and then the App symbol.

Tap on “store”. Then the “Manage” tab. Then go to Bitmoji and turn it on, and click “done” once you are finished. Now you can use bitmoji in iMessages.

Now bitmoji will appear in your app store button on iMessage. Then click on bitmoji, and green screen will appear telling you to log into your Bitmoji account.

Go to your bitmoji app, sign in. It gives you two options to log in with Snapchat, or sign up with email.

Once you are logged in you will create your bitmoji however you like. Follow the steps within the app and when you are finished save it.

Then after making your Bitmoji you can go back iMessage. Click on the app button in messages, and your bitmoji should appear in various stickers.

 

If you no longer want bitmoji anymore, go to keyboards in settings. Click “edit”, and the red button, and then done to delete this keyboard.