At first glance, I thought I was looking at the new Tiny Computers
website - the tmmy logo has a more than uncanny resemblance. However,
how far from the truth could I have been? This is the digital home for
Tmmy, a new pop sensation who loves veggie curries, speaks 12 languages,
is "gutsy" and would love to be a presenter on Pets in Practice (I'm
gonna be sick).
This surely can't be a real person. Well, it's not. Tmmy (what a stupid
name) is a virtual pop babe with a record deal and her debut single, You
Make My Day, was released at the end of May. Anyone bought it yet? You
can download an MP3 demo of it from the site - and I've got to say, she
sounds like Kylie.
The site has an interesting piece of navigation called the "digital
dial" on the homepage, but then totally fails because as soon as you
click one of the links you are given some rather uninspiring pop-up
boxes with very dull content.
The biggest problem is that the site is so impersonal. Apart from a
Sunday Times interview on the site, all of the copy is written in the
The copy itself is hardly inspiring; it seems to have been written by a
computer that cannot construct sentences beyond ten words. Although they
have used a professional singer to dub her voice on the pop promo, they
opted to use a computer-generated voice for her interview. Big
If she wasn't dull and cliched before, there is no escaping it after
listening to her biography, even with all those cute fluttering eyelids
and suggestive eyebrows.
Tmmy comes to us from the creators of Ananova - these characters are
designed to exist both on the web and TV. Tmmy (the character) is well
crafted but lacks any kind of personality or depth. If these qualities
are anything to go by, she should be a star.
Owner Digital Animations Group
Site positioning What started off as an online hostess is being touted
as the next big thing for online advertisers
Launched February 2001
Developed by Digital Animations Group