If you hate Bitstrips, you're not alone. If you love Bitstrips, you're also not alone. The popular Facebook app that allows users to create custom avatars and stick them in pre-designed comic situations has over 10 million active users. The app recently launched on both iOS and Android too. In the past couple of months, users have created over 30 million avatars for their Facebook news feed-crowding comics.
Personally, I can't stand them - I'm just going to get that out there in the open. I've blocked them from my news feed. If you want to block them too, well, here you go. Blocking is a useful tool for any annoying app that winds up infecting your Facebook feed - it's no different from Candy Crush or Farmville or the like. To each his own, I guess.
TechCrunch is reporting that Horizon Ventures has added $3 million in Series A funding to Bitstrips, so it doesn't look like they're going away any time soon.
“Bitstrips has been growing steadily for a long time, but the launch of the mobile app made it possible for people to create comics anytime, anywhere. Life is full of moments that are made to be ‘bitstripped,’ and now people can share those moments instantly in comic form. It’s this instantaneous aspect of the mobile experience that enabled Bitstrips to go viral so rapidly,” said CEO Jacob Blackstock.
Rapidly is the key here. Bitstrips appeared, seemingly out of nowhere, and quickly began to dominate news feeds everywhere.
Hate them or not, you can't argue with a serious investment in their future.
Image via Bitstrips