Digital life - what is all the fuss about?

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  • Updated:13 Sep 2007

04.Choose a life

These are some of the 'virtual worlds' currently available on the Internet. Note: some of these charge a regular membership fee and/or setup costs.

PlaydoActive Worlds is a virtual world that offers free visiting and chatting. Access to a citizen name, property privileges and an instant messaging service attracts a fee.

Cybertown is a futuristic virtual world.

DigitalSpace Traveler uses avatars and the real voices of users to communicate with other members.

Dubit is an online chat forum that features message boards and member blogs.

Gaia Online was founded in 2003 by a few comic book fans in a garage and is aimed mainly at teenagers.

Habbo Hotel is aimed at teenagers. Users can create their own groups through membership and a home page.

IMVU is a virtual world platform for chat and messaging.
Second life
Moove is an online virtual community that features teams, business clubs, message boards and a matchmaking service.

Play Do is an online community with a gaming focus.

Second Life is a virtual world built by participants. It has more than 7 million registered users.

Sims Online requires a paid subscription to join the online community that’s a spin-off from the Sims computer game.

There is an online hangout. You can get basic membership (free) or a premium membership with a full range of features.

Virtual Ibiza models itself on the island of the same name and is geared towards music and clubbing.
Voodoo Chat is a graphical chat community that uses web pages as a backdrop.

VZones is a virtual world where you pay a fee per month or per half-year for an avatar.

Whyville is a virtual world for young teens that promotes educational activities.

World of Warcraft is an online role-playing game set in a fantasy universe.


  • Gaia Keylogger: a program or device that records keystrokes to capture passwords or email addresses.
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  • Virus: a software program, script or macro that has been designed to infect, destroy, modify or cause other problems with a computer or software program.

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