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Our online future – avatars, currency and socialising


Our online future – avatars, currency and socialising


I usually wonder about the future of the web and yesterday I
stumbled upon this little nugget that got my brain juices flowing
(thanks Techcrunch). Weblin
is a service that lets you have an avatar online, traveling with you to
every page. Youll be able to chat to other people that are currently
on the same site making your websurfing a social experience. The
service also has a currency called “Kala” and I guess that soon enough
people will start using it to buy virtual goods or even paying for real

These kind of browser platforms are opening a whole new area
of interaction online. A few questions that came to mind:

  1. How can this
    help with your online transactions? (talking to your banker avatar when
    youre searching for a mortgage)
  2. How can this be used as an internal
    tool? (your employees can communicate & collaborate when theyre
    online), or a branding tool? (branded avatars surfing the web?)
  3. What
    will be the future of currency when every platform has its own? (Where
    can you get the Kala/Linden exchange rate?)

You only have to look at the phenomenal success of social
communities and the booming of gaming, animation and virtual worlds to
realize this isnt just a game. For more similar services visit Techcrunch.


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