Cartoon avatar app goes big in China

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As anyone who’s ever had an AIM, GChat, or Twitter account knows, a cute avatar is key to a good online persona. In China, consumers have made that quest into a giant market.

Fortune reports that  MYOTee, a cartoon avatar creator with dozens of custom options, has become the hottest mobile app in the nation’s variable market. Earlier this month, the app received over a million downloads in just a couple of days – hitting the top of Apple’s free app ranking in China.

MYOTee began as a T-shirt company, but eventually transferred its designs from cloth to the Web. Users upload their characters to popular Chinese media sites such as Sina Weibo and WeChat. Read more on Fortune‘s website, right before you have a panic attack about whether your current avatar is just the right combination of ironic and cute.

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