Over the last decade, the Internet has become increasingly more interactive for its users by the year, by the month and even, by the day. New innovations are happening constantly and it would be impossible to stay updated on them all on a regular basis (another good reason to read the IMI blog everyday!). Today, I want to mention a relatively new phenomenon that is taking off like wildfire- website applications that allow user personalization. And I don’t just mean custom forms that allow people to search the value of their old cars like on KelleyBlueBook.com or something; I mean true personalization with digital imagery upload- something that really hits close to home for our population’s more visual users.
So let’s start with something seasonal: Has anyone ever checked out ElfYourself.com? On this website, users are allowed to upload pictures of themselves and four additional friends. After the upload is complete, each of the head shots are inserted onto elf bodies, which then sing and dance to holiday themed songs. Whereas two years you could only select one standard song, this holiday season, users have the option to select from country, disco, hip hop and more. And now, when you’re done, you can embarrass yourself and your friends by sharing with Facebook! It’s truly phenomenal.
But, if you’re already over the holidays and you’d prefer a blast from the past, check out YearbookYourself.com. This website allows you to upload a head shot and after you’re done, it will place you in a persona from yearbooks of the past. For some reason, whenever I try it, it has an uncanny ability to make me look identical to my mom. Anyone else getting the same results?
My latest find in the interactive web arena is a site called MorphThing.com. It would probably behoove you to check it out everyday for a good laugh when you’re in need of a smile because you never know what new morphs will be featured. Today’s best morph was a cross of Marilyn Manson and Barack Obama. Other featured morphs include: Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie entitled “Brangelina,” Ben Affleck and Jennifer Lopez entitled “Bennifer,” Jessica Simpson and Dane Cook, Ashley Olsen and Mary Kate Olsen, and the list goes on. Users can also make custom morphs and even baby morphs, which could be a very useful tool in marriage preparation (and might send some people to counseling). Use these tools wisely! Enjoy.