It started among my outdoor recreation friends first; cartoons of themselves hiking, flying, rolling downhill in shopping carts.
Like many I was intrigued, but it took a while to log on and even longer to set up an avatar and save it without the site shutting down.
If you are on Facebook, you cannot avoid it. People are even changing their Facebook icons into Bitstrip likenesses of themselves.
Some people love it, some people hate it, with some claiming the images do not look at all like the real people, which is part of the fun.
You can design your character to look like what you think you look like, not what others see you as looking like and you can even design characters of your friends.
The ap which appears on Facebook is not new and was actually started in 2012 with some glitches which included characters missing pants apparently, but the ap for iPhones which just came out in September of 2013, has proved so popular that the site overloads in prime time hours when people are playing, so it can be addictive and frustrating at the same time.
It's impossible to get the hairstyle and facial features exact, but you can come pretty close and many users say they are so in love with their new characters that they prefer them over their own real life images!
You can dress your cartoon mini-me like a paper doll, changing outfits to fit the weather or your moods. You can place your characters in certain events and change facial expressions, even hair and makeup styles, skin color in case you get all tan while out at the beach all day, and if you work out at the gym, you can change your icon from flab to buff and even get a virtual boob job.
While it may seem like a waste of time to some people and a bit reminiscent of the Sims, those who have tried it and been successful at logging on are in love with it and having fun posting cartoons of themselves and friends.
We only wish there were more ways to create specialized comics and to bitstrip our pets and design our own outfits, then we would never spend any time interfacing with real life friends and would remain in a virtual world where our workouts consisted of finger tapping the phone screen and keypads of computers instead of pounding feet to pavement or working on the elliptical.
Still, if you haven't tried it, it is a lot of fun, just try to access it during the day as in the evening and on weekends it is virtually impossible to get through, though the creators say they are working on it.
If you have ever wanted to be a cartoonist, but weren't talented enough to draw characters, this ap can make your dreams come true, though again, the scenes and situations are limited.
You can find the cartoon making application at: http://bitstrips.com/