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2010-09-28 07:59:00

PALO ALTO, California, September 28, 2010 /PRNewswire/ -- - IMVU Adds Lucrative Games Via Partnerships With Viximo, Heyzap and OMGPOP IMVU, an online community where members use 3D avatars to meet new people, chat, create and play games with their friends, today announced that the company is expanding into social entertainment by offering casual and social games on its popular social platform. IMVU is expanding its entertainment features by bringing games to its growing...

2010-05-19 11:00:00

VANCOUVER, British Columbia, May 19 /PRNewswire/ -- Virtual world developer Utherverse Digital Inc. today announced that the 25,000th virtual world was created in the Virtual World Web (VWW), a vast network of independently developed, interconnected virtual worlds that form the "Internet in 3D." As a prime example of what some are calling "the next generation of the Internet," the Virtual World Web is a network of virtual worlds built using Utherverse's free software that function as...

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2010-04-05 12:25:42

If you think Facebook, Twitter and other Web sites that foster online communication and interaction are merely vapid echo chambers of self-promotion, think again, say two University of Illinois professors who study computer-mediated communication and the Internet. According to Caroline Haythornthwaite and Lori Kendall, professors in the Graduate School of Library and Information Science at Illinois, online interactions not only have positive outcomes for real-life, place-based communities,...

2010-03-09 12:43:00

VANCOUVER, March 9 /PRNewswire/ -- Tuesday's shocking announcement by Makena Technologies that they would be closing the virtual world There.com in one week has left thousands of Thereians scrambling to find a new virtual home. With so many virtual world options to choose from, many users are worried that their in-world friends will wind up scattered forever. (Photo: http://www.newscom.com/cgi-bin/prnh/20100309/CG67687) "Unless we can all come together and agree on one new virtual...

2010-03-04 16:27:00

VANCOUVER, March 4 /PRNewswire/ -- The abrupt announcement Tuesday by Makena Technologies that There.com would be closing for good came as a shock to the virtual world's thousands of active users who feared they would be left homeless. Many residents further expressed outrage that their bank accounts, filled with billions of Therebucks, were suddenly made worthless by the announcement. In the midst of the maelstrom, virtual world competitor Utherverse.com announced a stream of offerings...

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2010-03-01 11:30:00

Experiences in virtual worlds such as video games and online communities can influence our behavior in the real world, says Stanford researcher Jesse Fox. Avatars can change the way we exercise or eat, or the way we view women. If you saw a digital image of yourself running on a virtual treadmill, would you feel like going to the gym? Probably so, according to a Stanford study showing that personalized avatars can motivate people to exercise and eat right. Moreover, you are more likely to...

2010-02-17 18:08:00

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo., Feb. 17 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Every small business person knows that networking is a key to success. As a service to the growing self publishing industry, the nonprofit Small Publishers Association of North America (SPAN) has launched the "World's Best Online Community for Authors and Publishers," and is inviting everyone to join at no charge. From editing and book design, to production and marketing, SPANnet.org members are networking about their experiences...

2010-02-09 06:00:00

SAN FRANCISCO, Feb. 9 /PRNewswire/ -- blueKiwi, the global conversation company, today announced the availability of a free version of the blueKiwi Social Business Platform. Designed for marketers, community managers and innovation teams, the new, free version delivers all of the social media tools necessary to create vibrant online communities with external audiences. Now companies can deliver communities for customers, partners and prospects directly from their website. The...

2010-01-25 06:50:00

HOUSTON, Jan. 25 /PRNewswire/ -- MyHouseDeals.com just launched a new version of its popular real estate investment website. The site was redesigned to offer new features that are aligned with the latest Web trends. We map out Web trends and how MyHouseDeals.com is responding to them. Web Trend #1: User-Generated Content -- The popularity of social media websites such as YouTube, Facebook, and Wikipedia has turned users into webmasters, allowing them to provide the content. At...

2010-01-07 13:46:00

WASHINGTON, Jan. 7 /PRNewswire/ -- SusQtech, the association and non-profit industry's leading provider of SharePoint solutions and training, announced today the acquisition of Live Elements, a national leader in Social Media strategy consulting and online community development and management. The acquisition enables SusQtech to immediately roll out a full slate of social media strategy services to its existing client base of over 140 customers and follows directly on the heels of...