Me as a GIF, Facebook Avatar, Apple Memoji, Snap Bitmoji and Animal Crossing's Villager Matt KleinExpression surrogates augment our communicationThis past week, the internet’s GIF repository, Giphy, was acquired for $400M. Replying to Snap’s Bitmoji, Facebook’s Avatars reached the U.S. And Animal Crossing’s success continues to spur countless headlines. They’re all illustrations of the ways in which we’re managing communication online. Facebook’s new avatars complicate communication as another party is now introduced, but it also makes communication much easier, and often more fun. Snap’s, Apple’s and Facebook’s avatars help us “say” what our words cannot, or what we don’t want to say ourselves.
Source: Forbes May 21, 2020 22:52 UTC