IMVU is the world’s greatest 3D instant messenger! IMVU allows you to chat using a character called an avatar in 3D scenes. With thousands upon thousands of cool products to choose from in the catalog, it is easy to look exactly the way you want. So go ahead and try on those shoes or change your skin color…the sky is the limit!
Yes, it’s like combining the ‘live’ avatar of a MMORPG and online chat (if you don’t know what I mean by that, see the screenshot below).
Now, if combining the MMORPG style avatars and online chat wasn’t scary enough… now factor in a personal site ala MySpace style to the mix.
Every IMVU user gets a free, easy to customize homepage. You can drag panels anywhere on the page, change colors, add images, send and receieve messages and gifts, upload images, write a blog, see who visited your page, see who is online, see your rankings and even show off your music. IMVU homepages are the easiest to use homepages on the web!
But wait! I’m not done with the comparisons yet. So now we have MMOPRG avatars, online chat, MySpace, and now… let’s put it all together with the spin of the popular MMORPG item ‘purchase’ option. The excessively popular concept of buying things for your online avatar to wear, places for them to live, etc… is integrated automatically within what IMVU calls their ‘catalog’. The catalog concept actually goes off into several levels. Let’s imagine you want to gear your ‘avatar’ up with new virtual shoes. Okay, so you need to buy that item from the catalog with credits. You can pay real cash money for credits (convert rate is $1 = 1000 credits), or you can earn credits. All new accounts are starting with 1000 free credits, and they give you 50 more after your first 3D chat. Now, 1000 credits isn’t alot in the catalog really. There is a pair of shoes I saw on the first page of the catalog and they cost 550 credits.
Okay, now I said they took this on to another level, now I’ll explain that part. You can also be a ‘developer’ and create ‘catalog’ items. When you do, you get a number of credits (like a royalty) each time someone buys your catalog item. Then…
Those credits can be used to purchase other products, for personal advertising or sold to credit resellers for real world money. Developing for IMVU can be a cash cow for talented and driven IMVU users.
Well, in the long run I imagine it could save a few talented starving artists of the world if that really does make them money. Overall, something to watch and see what happens with IMVU.