Comic-creation tool Bitstrips has competition from the unlikeliest quarters. Google has just been awarded a patent which will help create and share status updates across various social networking websites in the form of comic strips.
Geekwire has reported that Google was awarded a patent by the US Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) on “Self-creation of comic strips in social networks and other communications.” Essentially, soon when you’re really happy about your exam results or are listening to your favourtie band and want friends to know, you will be able to share your feelings in the form of a comic strip depicting you.
Share what you're feeling with comics
The patent was filed in February 2010 by one Satish Kumar Sampath from London, UK. The abstract of the patent reads that the comic strips are created with a “simplified user interface” and are supposed to be formatted to be well suited for display on selected social networks or other websites. These comic strips will be embeddable and users won’t need to go to a separate site to view this strip.
The options this opens up for Google are great. It will not just draw a lot more users towards Google+ – for the novelty factor, at least – it will also spice up the competition with Facebook. The latter has only recently added the ability to enhance your status updates with emoticons displaying what you’re up to. With status updates being turned into comics, Facebook too will try to one-up this with something on similar lines.
Share it on multiple social networks
If you want comics on your News Feed right now though, a Facebook app called Bitstrips lets you put up comic versions of you performing stunts or showing off your mood. Maybe Facebook should consider tying up with Bitstrips to spice up status updates before Google gets to it.