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IMVU

Our computers have filtering software on them and generally, the only ones that come up blocked in a normal day are the Juvi computers. They disallow images from those unpopular sites like Facebook and MySpace. LOL.

But those PC’s are right by the info desk so it’s not that big a deal. We simply type in a code word and the person is off and running.

But now we have IMVU. For the uninitiated, this is the latest chat platform for teens … it’s “talking” avatars.

After a year in Second Life, I’m somewhat familiar with the idea, but this one has caught me off guard. Currently, the application is blocked by our filtering software so we’re unblocking the crazy site about 25 times a day… if not more. The teens love it.

So what is the draw? Sexy avatars!

It’s funny because Second Life had these skinny hotties all along. And there is a Second Life just for teens. But SL is a bandwidth hog while IMVU is relatively lite. And it’s easy and quick.

So what can you do? Well, create an identity with a special name, play dress up … change clothes, chat–of course, create a “home” and even add a furniture. You can invite your friends to get their own avatars.

As you move around or do things, you collect credits… not sure what I’ll be doing with those, but I’m sure it’s to buy things. I have been through the tutorial and I have already learned how to move my avatar’s space around and I tried some of the pre-loaded moves like “yay” and “bored” etc. I also had a conversation with a “stranger” who was quite helpful and helped me navigate the space. Thanks Dpmase!

So, a little text … an avatar … and it’s 3D chat. Second Life folks said 3D Web would be where everything is heading and I’m thinking they were not wrong. Get ready.

If you want to find me… I’m Maijara…. ;~) www.imvu.com

Not Just Second Life Anymore

In case you weren’t aware of it, there are a number of virtual worlds that are either operating are coming up soon in addition to Second Life.

Here are some of the main ones that you might want to be familiar with, at least by name:
Second Life (of course)
Active Worlds
Worlds.com
Whyville (Kids)
The Sims Online (teens & adults) – recently replaced with EA-Land
Second Life for Teens (linked from Second Life page)
There.com (adults & teens)

New: (late 2008)
Blue Mars

For a review of each world, see Virtual Worlds Review
Also see, Association of Virtual Worlds

SlideShare

Well, today appears to be my day for discoveries. Have you ever wanted to share your PowerPoint presentation with others … but knew doggone well that it was wayyyyy too big to send my email. Well, here’s your solution:
http://www.slideshare.net/ SlideShare is an online solution to your problems. There are lots of ways of posting there … so check it out!

Top 10 Programming Concepts

Uber.com

Well, thanks to Angelique to dropped me yet another up and coming siute, Uber.com, the visual index. It’s another way to blog …. it appears to have an emphasis on the arts… music, photography, etc. It’s also a social networking site. And, when you search the users, there are absolutely no results for males or females over 40. Sigh.

Jottit

Well, this is pretty amazing… an on-the-fly website builder on the web.

Jottit

Here’s a little more about it:

“Aaron Swartz (who’s also the technical lead on the Open Library project among about a bazillion other things) officially released http://jottit.com/ a few days ago. Conceptually Jottit is both simple and amazing. All it is a text box, you enter your text and viola! A page is created. This virtually eliminates the barrier to web publishing and is perfect for all of those “Ohh I just want to post this on a static webpage real quick” moments where even a simple blog is too much infrastructure.”

Let me know what you think.

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