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If I understand well, eightbit.me is a service to transform pictures, especially for use as avatars, into "8bit"-style pictures.

Looks like this service requires access to my Twitter. Are there equivalent services that does not require this?

(Side question: Is it possible that these avatars are totally computer-generated? They seems to have a kind of artistic sense.)

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There doesn't appear to be any other service that provides this functionality. You could just sign up and create your Avatar and then revoke the Application access in http://twitter.com/settings/connections

You can also create these types of images using PhotoShop - a simple Google search will provide you with lots of sites with tutorials on how to do this.

According to this article on CrunchBase the images are created using pure CSS & HTML.

Eightbit.me will be a service to help people create 8-bit avatars. The first idea was to use images with very few selections and to use pure HTML / JS to create the characters.

Inspired by an 8-bitted Dribbble post by UK artist and designer Harry Harrison, San Francisco interactive designers Addison Kowalski, Amadeus Demarzi and Courtney Guertin took the idea to the next level by 8 bit-ing their Twitter avatars, which inevitably went viral among the tech set. Eightbit.me is the result.

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Thanks! I guess a safe and easy solution would be to create a temporary Twitter account just for this. –  nic Feb 28 '11 at 10:01
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