The One App You Probably Don't Have But Need to Download Now
So much meaning can get lost in a text—and there’s only so much an exclamation point or a heart eye emoji can do to help convey your tone. To the rescue? An insanely addictive app.
Bitmoji lets you create a cartoon-ish version of yourself that has a reaction or saying for just about anything, from a simple “Hello!” to an annoyed “Ugh” to delightful holiday greetings for Easter, Christmas, Hanukkah, and birthdays. And since you can tailor your avatar to look like you, it feels like a personalized, more “human” way to chat with people through technology. At RealSimple.com, we’re a little obsessed. It’s completely changed the way we communicate with each other—we often send Bitmojis through email that say “Team Awesome” or “Killin’ It” as a way to encourage and congratulate others on their hard work. And it applies in social settings, too—group texts are made more fun since you can “see” your friends and family reacting and conversing in avatar form.
We're not the only ones who can't resist: according to Bitstrips, users shared more than 10 million Bitmojis on Christmas and New Year’s Day, plus 750,000 Bitmojis per hour on Christmas morning. And now, according to Fortune, Snapchat, the messaging app that lets you send pictures that disappear after a few seconds, has reportedly bought Bitstrips, the company behind Bitmojis, for $100 million. While both companies have yet to comment on the news and it’s still unclear what exactly Snapchat plans to do with this acquisition, we can only hope the phenomenon is about to get even bigger.
Still on the fence about downloading this free app? We’ve rounded up a few of our favorite things about it: