Humour is, and always will be, a cornerstone of the internet. With sites like 9gag and Reddit spreading laughter all around the world, internet humour really has become it’s own culture. Whether you’re giggling at a meme, or chuckling at a GIF, it’s pretty much everywhere now.
OGIRI is a fun, little app that’s currently big in Japan and promotes this culture with a focus on sharing all kinds of hilarious content. And now the app is making it’s way to North America with the recent launch of it’s english version. The Japanese app alone has 3,500,000 users, making it quite the online community!
The app was developed by CyberAgent Inc., a big Japanese tech company and developers of a variety of popular apps. Some of their known smartphone apps include a photo-sharing app for pets, a blog writing app for the lazy, and even games based on the 3 Kingdoms novels (三国志). With it’s boastful collection of apps and games, it’s no surprise that some of them have even found popularity in China and Taiwan.
With the OGIRI app, users can upload pictures, create memes, caption other people’s images to make new memes, or even just post simple text-based jokes. So for example if you wanted to open up a forum on “the best way to sneak out of a class”, you could start a discussion and view other people’s answers. But as the internet is a hilarious yet sometimes untrustworthy place, you may not want to try them though.
The name “OGIRI” actually originates from a fun Japanese game, where a host gives players questions to answer with as much humour and wit as possible. The player with the most outstanding answer wins, and receives a zabuton, a traditional Japanese cushion. Interestingly enough, that’s what the original Japanese app used as their “like” system, where users can offer up 1-3 zabutons to show their appreciation of a post.
However to adapt the idea of giving zabutons to people as a reward for their jokes, the english version of OGIRI instead uses a “Ha-ha-ha” system where users can give up to 3 “ha”s to show their appreciation. And I think a “hahaha” is pretty universal.
Users who post content that receive a high amount of “Ha”’s are rewarded with prestige within the community, and can even make it into the Hall of Fame if their material does well enough. In the Japanese version of the app, having a higher rank actually unlocks privileges with the app. So there’s something to brag about.
The app just launched recently, so if you think you’ve got a good sense of humour and you’re looking for an audience to spread some of your stuff, why not check it out? And it’s all free, so why not?
And if that’s not enough, you can check out the app’s promotional video below!