Cartoon Cupid Makes Valentines Day Swing
February 4th 2005. Forget old-fashioned greetings cards or plain and boring text messages, a brand new service from UK company mixipix, promises to make Valentine's day far more colourful and fun.
Mobile phones and text messaging have revolutionised dating, mating and dumping loved ones. Thousands of people now send their significant other intimate text messages and thousands more find themselves being dumped in the same way. In 2005, mobile phone owners are no longer stuck with messages like 'luv u' or 'drop ded', now lovers, partners and couples can send each other full-colour animated cartoon messages to their mobile phones and make Valentine’s Day a little more special.
Whether it's a declaration of true love or an 'I have a restraining order, creep', mixipix has a message for every occasion. Users can log into the company's webpage and choose from a huge range of animated messages. They can send them to anybody with a colour wap-enabled phone (which is pretty much everybody these days), an MMS account is not required. Even better, once the message is received, the cartoon can be saved and used on the mobile phone as wallpaper, a screensaver or even a ring alert (if your handset does that kind of thing). Forget cards, mixipix allows you to think of your sweetie, every time you use your mobile phone.
For the real romantic or the creative couple, mixipix also allows users to edit the cartoons or even create their own. The mixipix website contains a complete editing tool which allows users to choose the characters, props, actions and words which appear in their cartoon greeting, for that ultimate personal touch.
“We've been astonished with the response to mixipix cartoon messaging so far,” says Lesley Keen, the managing director of mixipix. “Thousands of people have been visiting the mixipix site and sending cartoon messages to friends and family. Since the site was launched in 2004, we've updated the content regularly, including cartoons for Halloween, Christmas and now, Valentine's Day. People are using mixipix messages as greetings cards, as invitations and as a replacement for ordinary text messages. It's the simplicity, flexibility and fun factor which is making people come back again and again. Anyone can make and send a cartoon message, whether they are an experienced text addict or a first-time phone owner. We're looking forward to giving cupid a helping hand this year and making Valentine's day as animated and amorous as possible.”
mixipix messages can be created and sent from the website: www.mixipix.net. Messages cost £1.50 each to send.
Notes To Editors:
Mixipix was founded in 2002 by Lesley Keen, a veteran of the new media, animation and interactive industries.
The company has created a unique technology system which allows animated cartoons to be created and sent to all colour, wap-enabled mobile phones. Mixipix's system renders each message individually to ensure it is tailor made for each phone it is sent to. This allows users to modify existing pre-made cartoons or create their own unique animations. Once the animation has been created, users can append a personal message to create a personal cartoon message, which can then be sent directly to a mobile phone. Unlike a text message (SMS), Mixipix cartoons can be saved and used as wallpapers, screensavers, ring alerts etc. to personalise the user's phone.
Mixipix operates across the consumer and trade markets. In addition to the consumer facing messaging service, the company works with marketing and creative industries to offer a turnkey solution to companies wishing to send animated messages to mobile users worldwide.
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