Bitstrips gets bought for millions. Stops doing the thing it’s famous for?! What the hell?! #BringBackBitstrips

Bring Back Bitstrips

Anyone that follows my social media feed, particularly my Facebook and Instagram, will know that I absolutely adore Bitstrips cartoons. In fact even regular readers of this blog will know that I have more than frequently used Bitstrips cartoons to illustrate my rantings here – just scroll down and you’ll find dozens of examples.

What is Bitstrips? Well they are readily customisable cartoons and comics featuring an avatar representation of yourself that you can manipulate either through a Facebook App or a downloadable app on your phone. Many people ask me where and by whom I had these illustrations drawn – they are that good.

Bring Back Bitstrips

So what an absolute delight it is for me as a non-cartoonist and crap artist to be able to exercise some creativity and create my own comic-style illustrations. And what an absolute tragedy and travesty that it seems I can no longer do that, or at least not for much longer.

Try the app on Facebook now and you’ll find that it no longer accesses Bitstrips and instead asks you to download the spin-off Bitmoji App. Go to App downloads on your phone, and you’ll no longer see the Bitstrips App only the Bitmoji one.

Bring Back Bitstrips

Fortunately I still have the Bitstrips App on my iPhone, which is what I used to create most of the cartoons you see here now, but that’s no longer being updated with fresh material (previously usually about half a dozen or so new customisable scenarios per day) and at some point they’ll probably stop maintaining it.

What predates even all these Apps is the original Bitstrips.com website, but again, go to it now and it only shows an advert for Bitmojis. However, type in: www.Bitstrips.com/pageone/ and, presently at least, you can still create new comics from scratch, like the one below. Though unlike the Bitstrips App, these take far more time and effort to put together.

Bring Back Bitstrips

What is Bitmoji then? Well that’s a spinoff of Bitstrips that uses your own Avatar to create a series of Emojis. These are non-customisable, apart from you being able to change your Avatar’s clothes – which now all appear to be sponsored packs, for example Steve Madden and Bergdorf Goodman. Additionally a lot of the Bitmojis have sponsored themes, often centred around movies, so you could have Star Wars or Batman V Superman themed ones.

Nothing wrong with this, of course. I would certainly be the last one to begrudged a start-up finding ways to make money. And Bitmojis are still very cool, and I use them just as much as I did Bitstrips, perhaps even more. They are a lot of fun, particularly in messaging.

Bring Back Bitstrips

Now that brings me to what’s happened to Bitstrips. Snapchat happened. The popular social media messaging service recently bought Bitstrips for a whopping $100m or so it’s reported. On the face of it, this appears to be brilliant news. A superbly conceived and executed start-up has received a just reward thanks to its excellent and innovative offering (bravo!) and now the service will at some point be rolled out on that very fun-to-use Snapchat App – I can’t wait, I’m already on there, find me by user name shahzad_sheikh.

Unfortunately the first thing that’s happened is – or so it appears – that the bean counters moved in and immediately killed the part of the operation that, I’m guessing, doesn’t attract sponsorship, focussing instead on the Bitmoji side, which does. But with that much money to throw at it, you’d think they could instead not only continue, but bolster and boost the Bitstrips service that attracted all us die-hard users in the first place.

Bring Back Bitstrips

Now I could be wrong in my assumption. Perhaps the reason it’s come off Facebook is because Snapchat and Facebook are rivals (but then why is the downloadable app no longer available) and it may be that they have in fact taken it down in order to launch a whole new and improved version in the coming months. I will be ecstatic if that happens!

But if that’s not the case I, and many many other Bitstrips fans and users, will be totally gutted and somewhat resentful. It would seem a terrible waste of an opportunity, where an excellent service finds itself regressing as a direct result of being a victim of its own success.

Bring Back Bitstrips

Please Snapchat, be smart, take something that’s brilliant and make it even better, DO NOT kill it. And there are almost certainly possibilities to get Bitstrips cartoons sponsored too – personally I can’t wait to feature my avatar in the Star Trek themed Bitstrips which should surely be realised this 50th anniversary year, especially with the new movie coming out. Make it so!

Bring Back Bitstrips

[UPDATE] OH NO!!! Now they’ve even taken down and discontinued www.Bitstrips.com/pageone/ 😦

Please go sign this petition

https://www.change.org/p/bitstrips-bring-bitstrips-com-pageone-back?recruiter=77128401&utm_source=petitions_share&utm_medium=copylink

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37 thoughts on “Bring Back Bitstrips

  1. I’m so behind the times that I didn’t know it had been discontinued. I love Bitstrips! What can we do to bring it back?

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  2. I loved using Bitstrips on my blog also. I’ve used a few of the Bitmojis, but I could almost always find a Bitstrip image that would fit perfectly with a post. I do have my Facebook album that I can pull from, but it will be harder finding suitable Bitmojis. I hope Bitstrips come back in some form or fashion.

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  3. Oh too sad. I came here hoping there was an answer I just wasn’t aware of. I agree – time for a copy cat. If Bitstrips no longer exists then copyright of the idea shouldn’t be an issue.
    Dammit. Wish I could draw and I’d do it myself.

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  4. I seriously want Bitstrip back! Man there is no other alternative to that awesome tool, seriously, Posable characters, we can change outfits and just customize it our way… ALL FOR FREE!! and Honestly, I am ready to pay as well, if Bitstrip comes back as paid application.

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  5. Miss it so much – loved posting bitstrips with friends – I too would pay to have it back – nothing is out there as any worthwhile alternative xXx

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  6. I tried to get into my bitstrips yesterday & my avatar was gone. I am so disappointed. It was the best thing going. What did they have to go & ruin a good thing? Jerks!!

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  7. I miss bitstrips. Bitstrips wasn’t just something you’d use on facebook to make a strip, it was an entire community! Bitstrips.com was a site used by millions of users to make stories, series, we all were friends! Making Rps, Chatting through inbox, creative outfits made by many, Art styles, everything! I miss it, I miss it aloot. 😦

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  8. Yes. Bring it back!. We took virtual vacations with family members using Bitstrips cartoons shared on Facebook with family members from different parts of the world. We had online virtual vacation interaction we would have otherwise not have had.

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  9. The Bitstrips website was really old right now. Though, it takes time to finish a comic, it’s far more creative… Not until they also took it down too. All 3 Bitstrips were taken down (Bitstrips site, Bitstrips on Facebook and Bitstrips for Schools). Guess they don’t really care about these anymore. I definetely love the site more than the app. Over the past few years, I’ve created lots and LOTS of friends. It just made my day. It also improved my skills of creating comics, panel by panel. Realistic character poses and background effects. I wish you guys can experience how amazing the site is… if they would bring it back. I miss talking to my bitstrip friends. I miss Bitstrips.

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  10. Dude like I was so hurt , who ever decided to discontinue it really had no brain #bringbackbitstrips I shared most of how I felt via bitstrip how my day was it was sich a great platform agh im so angry actually.

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  11. I used Bitstrips a lot and made funny comics with it and used it hundreads of times and made lots of new friends. But I was inactive for some days.. and then I just woke up and then I opened facebook and was like Oh god! I need to continue making those I totally forgot about them! Then I opened the application which took me hours to find and then it said SORRY U CANT USE THIS and then I was like.. it hurt my feelings a lot. Now I am chatting in a group with my Bitstrips friends and when I told them the reason I stopped making those comics they freaked out just like I did in the first place. Man the memories…

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  12. I thought that Bitstrips as it was, and being for free was stretching things, and I am surprised that the new management does not use the old Bitstrips format to charge users. I would pay for it, if it was priced reasonably.

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  13. This is just really messed up. I think you have enough money to hire someone to figure out how to make bitstrips profitable for you. It should have been up by now. In fact, it should NEVER have been taken down. Are you actually paying someone for this????? To tick off users and make them resentful towards Snap Chat? I’ve got news for you: Ya got TOOK! They’re on the payroll. We’re mad.

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  14. Yeah! Yeah! Yeah! Brrriiiinnggg back Bitstrips!!! It’s the best online comic strip creator I have ever used! I am currently making a story that is about 87 episodes long and I’m halfway there so I need to finish… 😦
    PLEASE BRING BACK BITSTRIPS

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  15. i simply deleted snapchat on all my accounts and i N-E-V-E-R gonna install it back untill Bitstrips is back. That simple it’s a boycot launched by the Belgian bitstrip fans and i would say a service that takes down a decent working successfull app makes me wonder about the quality of their app. Whatsapp did replace it

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