Two months ago the engineers, designers, and product managers at Postlight (our web-and-app agency in NYC) had a conversation about how the best part of chatting online was the animated GIFs (not the boring talk about work). And it made us wonder: “What would conversations be like if they were only animated GIFs?”
So we built a web app to try that out. And that’s how GIFBattle.zone—an, uh, “animated-GIF-first competitive chat battle”—was created.
The rules are simple: Sign in with Twitter, challenge a friend, and then fiercely burn each other using GIFs while you each run down the clock. You can have a cute-animal-off, a nerd-off, challenge Shakira, what-have-you. Strangers can watch, and once you’re done, your friends can vote to determine a winner.
We’re only a few months old and this was our first “experiment” as a company and so we aimed to do something fun and participatory. Lots of people jumped in — you can see who on the About page. A lot of nights and weekends went to make this work.
As a side-effect, we learned how to make a totally decentralized real-time live chat with rich media (which is very, very useful knowledge), using the most modern possible technology stack. Handy! We’ll write more about the technologies involved in a coming post. (There’s no server! It’s built on Firebase. It’s pretty intense.)