IMVU is a social interactive Web based chat site, It uses 3D characters to portray members and these are
completely open to modification via the 'shop' where you can buy Clothing, Hair, Accessories, new Skin,
Heads, Eyes, in fact just about anything that you can imagine.
The main contact points between members are the many different rooms that are created by members
and set to public for everyone's use, these can range from a home in the country to a space station,
they can be just generally a nice room, and they can also be RP (role play) based, i will explain RP in another page
from the main page links.
IMVU was started in 2004 and was devised by Several people who worked together to bring the site to life.
The name IMVU has no meaning, that is to say it doesnt stand for anything, but the community that use it
have labelled it an acronym for 'Instant Messaging within a Virtual Universe' which has been widely accepted by
the members as now gospel.
There are over 3 million active users of the IMVU site and they are comprised of many walks of life from students to
managers and top level brass of varied Employ. Many users either become a creator of the catalogue items for the 'Shop'
or tehy take activities such as 'club DJ' or 'Club Host' or alternatively they grow RP groups, some of the latter number into hundreds of
participants per group.
The IMVU 'Shop' holds more than 6 million Items from a comb to a Mansion in the country and all but a few have been
created by the members, for the members.
IMVU contains its own economy with a currency system based on IMVU "credits" and "promotional credits."
A third form of currency also exists for members who sell custom-made items, "developer tokens,"
these are earned when a user purchases an item with "promo-credits," also known as "credits."
Credits can be purchased online using actual currency either directly from IMVU or from third party re-sellers.
Credits may also be purchased on IMVU gift cards available from retail outlets such as department stores.
Credits may not be transferred back from IMVU to actual currency but can be sold to registered re-sellers who will purchase them for real-world currency.
The credits are used by members to purchase virtual items like fashion pieces (hair, clothes, skins, and accessories), pets,
and 3D scenes such as homes, clubs and open landscapes.
Furniture can also be purchased the same way and placed into unlocked rooms,
but there are also rooms that have some furniture included in them as well as locked rooms that include furniture that cannot be removed.
Promotional credits, abbreviated to "promo-credits" or "predits," are a second form of currency distributed to members
by IMVU and can be obtained by participating in various "Partner" promotions as well as a few activities the IMVU provides.
With relation to a standard free or full member, promo-credits are similar to standard credits.
A given number of credits equates, promo-credits cannot be used to purchase items as gifts for other members
and may not be traded back to an IMVU re-seller for actual currency.
Promo-credits used to purchase a virtual product are exchanged into "developer tokens," also known as "dev tokens."
The purchase transfers the promo-credits into developer tokens but nets a single developer token per purchase when promo-credits are used
regardless of the price of the product purchased.
Many IMVU users are content creators, creating and selling products in the IMVU catalog.
Users also devote time to customizing their individual homepages, setting up public and private rooms,
creating and participating in user groups (similar to forums but personalized via the owner),
and participate in the Community forums.
Additionally, there are numerous user produced third-party websites providing additional forums and resources to the IMVU community.
IMVU users also do peer reviewing on virtual products waiting to be submitted into the IMVU catalogue, this pays a small
amount to the previewing member as a 'wage' for their time spent.
I hope this has given you a taste to come and join us if you are not already a member, you will be made
welcome and meet people from all over the globe.