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Facebook Inc : Star in your own cartoon at the click of a mouse

11/13/2013 | 05:05pm US/Eastern

HAVE you ever wanted to star in your own comic strip? That opportunity is now no more than a couple of mouse clicks away thanks to the wonders of social media.

Candy Crush Saga is sooo September 2013, darling, because the thing which is currently clogging up our Facebook friends' news feeds is Bitstrips, the instant comic, starring you and your friends. For the uninitiated, Bitstrips is an app which allows you to design cartoon versions of yourself in all sorts of real-life situations. You can choose your body shape, skin colour and hair style for your avatar which you then place in a choice of scenes.

Once your personalised cartoon is complete, it's easy to share on Facebook and other social networks.

The mobile app is popular, because users can create cartoons when they're out and about. As at November 8, the app is the number one downloaded free app for both iPhone and iPad and number five in the Google Play chart for Android apps. Cheltenham social media expert Jonathan Pollinger said that although Bitstrips had been around since December 2012 as a Facebook app, it was the recent move to mobile that skyrocketed its popularity, now boasting more than 10million users.

The iPhone and Android updates have been available from its Canadian creators only since September.

It's something to do to pass the time when waiting for the bus or queuing at the bank.

It only takes a few minutes to create a cartoon and although it's not really my thing, it is good fun.

I'm not so sure what value it provides to friends, although including them in your cartoons could entertain them. But unless you're super creative and add a witty caption to your cartoon; don't expect too many 'likes'.

Mr Pollinger, who runs Cheltenham-based social media consultancy, Intranet Future, predicted the popularity of Bitstrips would be all over by Christmas.

On all social networks it's best to engage and entertain your audience rather than annoy them, so be creative and don't overdo your Bitstrip posts. If the latest Facebook offering is already driving you mad, there is a simple way of getting rid of it.

Find a Bitstrips cartoon and on the top right, click the down arrow and select the 'hide all from Bitstrips' option.

WHAT BITSTRIPS CARTOON CHARACTER WOULD YOU BE? For reader feedback visit our website

It's something to do to pass the time when waiting for the bus or queuing at the bank. Jonathan Pollinger .......................................

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