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I'm Jealous of Bitstrips
By: Christine Geraci
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Those delicate sketches of turn-of-the-century folk...those baby boomers as they were in the 1980s...they just weren't enough for you, were they?
 
Grew tired of sharing those witty truthisms despite the grammatical errors, did you? Too many hairs lost over reading humor and inspiration in heavy, black-embossed typeface?
 
Well, now that explains it, this whole Bitstrips madness.
 
No, no it doesn't. But I'll blame it on anything at this point. 
 
Truth is, I'm jealous. I'm jealous that someone took the most obvious, corniest idea for an app that ever existed, and made it happen. And is now posting bitstrips about how much money they're making.
 
As I like to envision it, someone sat on their couch one day, finishing up another party where only six other long-necked friends came, and suddenly said out loud, "Hey! I know! I'll make an app that combines social hokeyness from all different places. First, I'll let everyone make avatars for themselves and their friends, just like on the Nintendo Wii. Then, I'll let them stick those avatars into a bunch of pre-made comic strip scenarios, kind of like a cross between Whisper and Some Ecards. Then I'll let them post their creations as status updates. It's brilliant, I tell you! Genius, I say!"
 
I'd love to tell you Bitstrips is anything but genius. But I'd be lying.
 
Even more galling is the fact that said bitstrips aren't branded. 
 
Yes, you just see them in your social feeds and think to yourself, "How the hell did so-and-so make this nonsense?" 
 
You are then compelled to ask said friends and that's when they tell you how to make your own.
 
And then I shed a tear for my own self respect as my app begins to download. 
 
Ehhh, whatever. They're funny, OK? They're freaking funny.
 
Have you tried Bitstrips yet?


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Christine Geraci is the Social Media/Promotions Specialist at MVP Health Care in Schenectady, NY. Connect with her on Twitter @christinegeraci.
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