With the progression of technology, there is finally a way for me to create my own little virtual minion that looks exactly like me. WOOOOOOOOO! I can share my new pal with all my friends and family through text messages and social media platforms like Snapchat. And who can we thank for this? I big round of applause goes to BITMOJI. No matter how I am feeling or what mood I am in, “there’s always a Bitmoji for that.”
Jacob “Ba” Blackstock, the creator of Bitmoji, completely nailed the concept of the creation of a cartoon avatar with hundreds of different expressions and emotions. With this app, you can customize a mini-me to demonstrate your exact feelings of the moment. To be honest, I really was against the idea of Bitmojis when they first came out in 2015. I
have found that sometimes I am reluctant to change when it comes to trying new things, and I was perfectly content with the standard emojis. I thought that the normal smiley faces, hearts, and various shapes were all that I needed when sending messages or posting on social media. Once Bitmojis started to become big, my roommate became a 24/7 user. It got to the point that she wouldn’t even type out words to me in our texting conversations; it was strictly limited to Bitmojis.
I’m not sure what changed, but the curiosity started getting to me and I gave in. Little did I know Bitmojis would change my life. Now everyone has their own little character, handy at all times.
The attribute that has grabbed most users’ initial attention is the idea that you can create
this little cartoon to look exactly like you, generating a completely personalized experience. This all stems from the fact that you decide every aspect of your character, browsing through a series of different nose shapes, hair styles, body physiques, and
eyebrow structures, just to name a few. The crazy part about it is that by the time you are done choosing the different avatar characteristics, it some how looks EXACTLY like you. I’m convinced that my mom’s Bitmoji was literally made for her. Of course you can go back and edit the features that you already chose so that your Bitmoji is perfected, but this cartoon is usually completed as your exact clone within a few short minutes. And we can’t forget about dressing up your character either. This is where we get to add some style and personality to our creation. There are so many different outfits and styles to choose from, anywhere from athletic wear to black tie to exotic costumes. I find myself constantly changing my Bitmoji’s outfit to spice things up every so often. One of my friends pointed out that my most recent outfit resembled a little too much like Han Solo from Star Wars, so I made a quick change.
Who says technology has to lack emotion? Bitmoji is the perfect place to express exactly what you’re feeling through these cute avatars. Bitmojis take technological expressions a
huge step further than the regular emojis since there are hundreds of different ways to show your mood or feelings of the moment. The search feature on the app is one of the best components, giving you different options all possible expressions. Type in “hello,” and all the different greeting expressions will pop up. Type in “dancing,” and you will be sure to find your character doing the salsa that you can share. If you’re feeling happy,
there are thirty different ways to let your friend know. If you’re annoyed with your brother, you can also let him know via various different angry faces. My mom and I are always going back and forth exchanging different “good morning” expressions, starting our days off on positive notes. And don’t worry – there are plenty of ways to annoy your family and friends with different Bitmojis. That is my favorite part and speciality.
Another great aspect about Bitmoji is that it is an adaptive app this is constantly developing new expressions. Right when I think I mastered Bitmoji, knowing all there different poses and positions — BAM — my friend sends me a new expression that I’ve never seen before –all hope lost. This is especially seen with the popular memes of the time, demonstrating how connected various social media platforms are with one another. A video that goes viral on YouTube will turn into a meme on Facebook, that eventually gets posted to Instagram, and then will be discussed and tweeted about on Twitter. Next thing you know, as you’re scrolling through the different Bitmoji categories, that viral meme will creep up on you as another option to send around. Awesome! You can even find Bitmojis for your favorite television series or movies too.
Bitmojis have taken technological innovation to new levels, progressing in ways that adds colorful and playful enhancements to everyday communication.