Virtual communities migrate to Avatar Social Network

Press release: Virtual Facebook Refugees find new home on Avatar Social Network

As Facebook continues to crack down on pseudonymous accounts such as those of Second Life avatars, some virtual communities are migrating to other sites.

Most recently, Pointe Fusion Elite, a community of DJs, artists, and music fans, has moved to Avatar Social Network, a social networking site that guarantees full anonymity to avatars, and rewards avatars for participating with virtual currency.

Avatars can redeem their rewards at ATMs in Second Life and InWorldz.

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Avatar Social Networks allows communities to create public pages, similar to the fan pages on Facebook.

Pointe Fusion Elite’s owner La Freese fell in love with ASN about a month ago or so and she decided to move all her and her club’s social activity to Avatar Social Network,” said site founder Arkad Baxton.

Dozens of other groups have also created pages on Avatar Social Network and many avatars have provided testimonials.

Avatar Social Network is built around the most popular features of other social media networks, he said.

About Avatar Social Network

Avatar Social Network is owned by AP Holdings and Troy Tomasso Marketing, led by AP Holdings CEO Arkad Baxton and is sponsored by WRE ESTATES, Prim Entertainment Center, Pointe Fusion Elite and Capital Exchange in Second Life and Calia Estates in Inworldz.

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  • Han Held

    He dropped by SLU and we figured out that it’s essentially a scam. Here’s a link to the thread for anyone whose interested: http://www.sluniverse.com/php/vb/other-web-sites/89211-new-social-network-sl-other.html

    • Thanks for the link! I ran the release because I ran the release for Avatar Hookup a couple of weeks back.

      Personally, I’m not seeing the need for yet another social platform. SL Universe is a busy site with lots of discussions, and it has anonymity.

      It doesn’t pay users to post — but that doesn’t really make sense. If you pay people to post stuff on a discussion board, you’re not really going to have anything useful come out of that.

      Finally, Google just dropped their “real name” policy for Google +, New World Notes had a post on it earlier today: http://nwn.blogs.com/nwn/2014/07/google-finally-drops-real-name-policy.html

      This is HUGE news for OpenSim, because there are a LOT of OpenSim-related communities on Google Plus.

      I list a bunch of them here: http://www.hypergridbusiness.com/2014/02/best-metaverse-communities/

      Google Plus has excellent functionality, nice notification features. I really like it and it’s rapidly becoming the first place I go for news — ahead of Twitter, and way, way, way ahead of Facebook. (But behind my RSS reader, Feedly.)

      • Guest

        Avatar Social Network was created in 2013 and growing rapidly. Facebook’s recent sweep just boosted it’s growth some but it’s been getting bigger. I believe it’s good to have a social network just for Avatars. FB and Google+ is not designed for that. They would still want your rl info even if they would allow name changes.

      • AA

        I’m sorry for the repeat. Had trouble logging in. First of all thank you for the article. Avatar Social Network was created in 2013 and growing rapidly. Facebook’s recent sweep just boosted it’s growth some but it’s been getting bigger. I believe it’s good to have a social network just for Avatars. FB and Google+ is not designed for that. They would still want your rl info even if they would allow name changes.

        There is a page of testimonials. http://www.avatarsocialnetwork.com/testimonials

      • Han Held

        “It doesn’t pay users to post — but that doesn’t really make sense. If
        you pay people to post stuff on a discussion board, you’re not really
        going to have anything useful come out of that.”
        I’m going to second that, particularly when you flail about “drama”. There’s another named for “drama” …it’s “emotional investment”, ie feeling that you have a stake in a community, a voice and being able to influence it.

        So, you have a combination of factors here: mercenary “posters” who are only there for the gold, people who may -out of a sense of missplaced idealism- try to foster a community but will inevitably be chased off for “causing drama” and lastly the owner –read through the thread I posted and come to your own conclusions about him.

        Long story short -I expect this will either wither on the vine like so many other forums have, or will continue as long as they pour money into it with an ever-changing cast of mercenaries.

        • AA

          I can see your viewpoint, Han. Fortunately the ten months operation and the success the website has achieved so far and the continuous growth is proving you wrong. You are looking at it wrong. It’s not loaded with members that do their activity to earn credits. ASN members love the website and while they are doing what they would do anyway on FB or elsewhere, they can earn credit which can be used within the website (games, gifts, etc.) or can be cashed out in virtual currency. FB sells coins for real money. ASN members can earn them. It’s a carefully well made concept and it seems to be working.

    • hack13

      I kinda have to agree, however this all being said. I do agree that another social network is not the answer, I myself deleted all my facebook presences even personal a year ago and haven’t looked back. I personally think the age of social networking is shifting. I believe the only reason Google+ is doing so well is they force their users to use it, and most finally just slump into using it. I also am seeing less and less of Facebook usage these days, I think it is kinda why Facebook is buying up all these other companies recently like instagram, to try and pull people from other new successful networks.

      • KeithSelmes

        I don’t like Facebook at all and rarely use it. It really just keeps me in touch with distant family.

        G+ I find quite useful, and I’m not aware anyone is forcing me to use it. Apart from web searching, it’s the only Google service I use regularly. I don’t know of any viable alternative.

        • Han Held

          I’m on G+, sluniverse, FB and twitter -twitter the least regularly. I use all three in different ways. FB I use almost strictly socially, to keep up with people I know in person in secondlife. G+ I use for opensim-based socialising and networking -SLUniverse is the same except based in SL, and twitter I use more or less for posting news or other business.

  • ok, well, I ran down some links and such on this, just out of curiosity [and to much damnable time on my hands!! I need a life, halpppppppp!!].

    Fortunately, I never saw any use for FB, twitter, quakadoodledo, and whatevers.

    I guess my only [somewhat dubious] main observation on this is down to their own http://www.avatarsocialnetwork.com/pages/about where it seems to me if you want to run a professional thang, you would not concentrate so much on such as;

    “The website mainly reflects Arkad Baxton’s vision about a peaceful and friendly environment where people can make friendships and help each other relating to all virtual worlds and games. With strict rules enforced by admins and moderators, ASN does not allow drama, defaming or any kind of rudeness towards or about other members.

    It’s commonly known that some other community websites don’t mind public humiliation, defaming, drama created by it’s members, vulgar language, explicit content, but the internet needs a social place where content of that kind is being filtered out and destructive elements, cyber bullies of the Internet are being restricted or removed. We put a lot of effort in to allow only people that are willing to fit in a decent community.”

    To my eyes, when someone uses most of this kind of page going on about how they are “against” drama, it typically means they have experienced so much of it that they can no longer see the forest for the trees, and, typically, it just invites people who enjoy drama [and some there I noticed are those types].

    I would suggest, if he and Calia Estates [whom I used to work for in inwz] wish to actually NOT deal with drama, they remove such mentions at all [and stop posting in SLU-))]

    That’s just me, though…………………………………….

    • and while I am on the subject [this comment will be deleted by mods…disclaimer done!!], when you put 2 drama grids into one social site, and recall the last similar thing, that Amore guy who did the sl/inwz connection group thing, which was so full of drama you could swim in the thick pea soup of it [just because it spilt out into the Meta shows that, alone], then it is likely this new thing will either fail, or seriously be affected by that which they propose to not have…drama.

      gotta go now……………………………………

  • Excellent answer-)) I love it when people are astute enough not to be baited. Not that it matters, but that deserves respect in and of itself.

    And, right, just my very unknowledgeable opinion, and I personally no longer join new stuff such as that anymore.

    Still, however, if you do your “about” page with 2 paragraphs of about that, of only 9, it does seem to me a bit skewed. I would just leave that out, myself, if I were to do such a thing [which would never ever happen!!] as they are almost a given. Drama is so inherent to the net now why point out you do not want it when of course nobody wants it, even those who love drama don’t want drama unless it is their own.

    Heck, even people who say they don’t want drama often go back and do their own drama, that’s how silly it all is nowadays.

    It would be a simple matter to write an “about” page that is upbeat and actually what you are “about”. But, again, just my own stupid opinion.

    Good luck in any case-)

    • AA

      While I agree with you in general that approach in this case seem to be working and keeps the trouble away. We might tweak it a little though to make it more upbeat 🙂