IMVU vs Second Life
Massive Online Communities
Second Life and IMVU are both wildly popular online worlds where people hang out, chat, meet new people and design amazing virtual items. Which one do you think is better and why?
You are welcome to join our IMVU vs Second Life discussion and vote in the poll. If you're not yet familiar with these 3D virtual worlds and are wondering which one to join, scroll down to read more.
IMVU vs Second Life Opinions
Do you prefer IMVU or Second Life?
IMVU is more of a 3D avatar chat than a virtual world, but it does have a lot of features of the latter. You can customize your avatar and 3D environments, buy special game currency, and create and sell virtual items. Every IMVU user gets his or her own homepage which they can modify to their liking. This social network has a lot of groups and "neighborhoods" (such as fantasy, goth, vampire and sci-fi) for people with similar interests to hang out and chat. IMVU has over 100 million members, and as much as 100,000 are online at all times.
You can also exchange IMVU currency for real money with 3rd party exchange services if you're a Creator who designs and sells items.
About Second Life
Second Life is a virtual world developed by Linden Lab. The members can interact with each other through their virtual avatars, participate in group activities and explore. You can create virtual objects using built-in 3D modeling software, and even program their behavior. Users are required to be at least 18 years of age to join. SL has a diverse international community with many interesting subcultures such as steampunk, neko, and medieval fantasy. Unlike in IMVU, there are no restrictions on avatar appearance - they don't have to look human at all.
Second Life currency is the Linden dollar; these are used for buying, selling or renting virtual property, and may be exchanged into real money.
Other Virtual Worlds
There are several sites similar to IMVU, and also some virtual worlds which share many features with Second Life, although none of them are as popular. If you're looking for an IMVU alternative you might want to check out There.com or Smeet.com. Second Life players who are looking for a new home online might want to try Kitely, Kaneva, or ActiveWorlds.