What is IMVU?
IMVU stands for Instant Messaging Virtual Universe, and is a social networking website in 3D format. IMVU features chat rooms, games, and places of virtual interaction with other people. Users can also create their own avatars to join in games and different animated environments.
Founded in 2004, IMVU has already attracted 40 million users and 100,000 developers. It is also very popular internationally, as 40% of registered users come from outside the US. Most users belong to the 18-24 age group, but a significant portion comes from those over the age of 35. IMVU is free to use and as long as you reach the age of 13, you can register and be part of the millions that enjoy the popular gaming and social networking site.
With IMVU, users can meet with people from around the world in virtual rooms. One can engage in chat and socialize with the other avatars. Avatars are in 3D format and you can personalize it according to your moods and tastes. You also have the option to literally shop forever, as there are more than 3 million virtual products on sale. Some also join groups that share their personal interests. People with various hobbies can find friends from any corner of the world and exchange ideas and stories. Besides shopping, one can also engage in selling virtual items. Similar to other social websites, you can also personalize your own 3D room. You make it your own living space with decorations that suit your personality. You can even invite friends over to have a meeting or a big party.
Though IMV is free to use, it still gets quite a lot of profit from the virtual goods sold on the site. With millions of users logged in each day, millions of virtual items are also sold and/or bought. Common virtual items purchased are room decorations, clothing, and music.