Mobile app startup PingTank Inc, announced the integration of its groundbreaking animated messaging app with Facebook's new Messenger platform, enabling users to express themselves by placing hundreds of FREE 2D and 3D animated overlays on top of their photos in Messenger. The technology is accessible through Facebook Messenger's Discover Tab and can be downloaded in the iTunes app store. An Android version of PingTank for Messenger will soon be available in the Google Play store.
PingTank's current library of animations ranges from 2D animated cartoon expressions, like lipstick kisses and rage faces to 3D dynamic characters, such as the 3D puppy that appears to be emerging from the phone as it licks the screen or the mech that enters the photo and blows it up. Users can take a photo or select one from their camera roll and customize it with whatever expression captures their emotion and make it come alive on the screen.
"Until now, social media platforms only allowed you to 'like' content. You couldn't personalize it in any way," said Jeremy Greene, PingTank's founder and CEO. "With our ever-expanding library of exclusive content, we are offering Messenger users a unique way to explore the limits of their creativity."
In addition to Greene, who was once one of the most downloaded artists on MySpace music, PingTank's founding team includes Derek Myska, a software engineer who is the company's chief technology officer, Christopher Dawes, general manager, and multi-platinum music producer and company president Lars Halvor Jensen. Also on the executive team is Jens-Otto Paludan, former CEO of Universal Music DK.
"PingTank is going to redefine the way we creatively express ourselves to the world," said PingTank advisor and investor Timothy Draper, leading Silicon Valley venture capitalist and founding partner of the venture capital firm DFJ Venture.