FANiGRAM is a free app designed to create 30 second, animated football banter videos directly from an iPhone to share on Facebook, Twitter and YouTube or by email. Users create any number of personalised cartoon fans and kit them out with team names, colours, hats and banners. Different fans can be saved for different clubs, international teams or even the local five-a-side squad. A text message, joke, jibe or put down is then typed into the fan’s speech bubble and enhanced with a pre-designed animation. This ranges from belly laughs, floods of tears, steam coming out the ears and an array of other fan dances and celebrations. An audio feature allows a terrace chant or music file to be added to the video output and the user can replace the cartoon’s head with any face picture downloaded or stored on the phone. This masterpiece of witty banter can then be shared from the app to Facebook, Twitter, or YouTube or sent via e-mail. The app has a number of very strong messages built in regarding anti-racist, anti-sectarian, and anti-bullying behaviour. There’s no place for any of these things on the pitch or in the banter afterwards and the developers are keen to point out that individuals are responsible and liable for the content they post online, even if it is within a video. FANiGRAM is now available on the App Store. It’s free with no annoying in-app purchases or upgrade messages.
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