SOURCE: Weblin

December 18, 2008 08:30 ET

Weblin Launches Avatar Web Portal in Virtual World

New weblin Gate Portal Allows Avatars to Roam From the Virtual World of Second Life® to the Web

BOSTON, MA--(Marketwire - December 18, 2008) - Weblin, the avatar-based social browsing application, released weblin Gate, a teleporter that allows Second Life Residents to export exact replicas of their avatars for the first time into the Web. Weblin allows Web surfers to make themselves visible to other users by assigning an avatar, or "weblin," to depict a user at the bottom of every Web site.

Teleporting a Second Life avatar to any Web site is accomplished in just one step -- step into the photo booth in the weblin house within Second Life, get your picture taken and export your current Second Life avatar as a weblin. Just like weblins, residents defined by their unique Second Life avatars will now be able to seamlessly mesh a universal avatar identity while surfing the web outside of Second Life.

Fast Facts

-- The Weblin house in Second Life is located in New Berlin, close to the tower at Alexanderplatz: New Berlin 221, 73, 32 (PG).

-- The Second Life avatar is capable of performing all the actions of a weblin avatar, such as walking left and right, dancing, laughing or waving.

-- The 3D data is then exported as a library of animated GIFs and once the conversion is finished, the user receives a link and is directed to a personalized weblin login landing page, built with a token. With the token, the generated library can be mapped to one's weblin account.

-- Interoperability between virtual worlds is something Linden Lab actively supports. This is a positive and encouraging development for Second Life users to add more dimension to our user experience.

Quote attributable to Christine Stumpf, co-founder, weblin:

"Weblin is truly excited to be the first service to welcome Second Lifers to join our over 1 million strong weblin community worldwide. Teleporting your avatar is an opportunity for Second Life residents to express their unique identities for the first time outside of Second Life and build communities online based on mutual interests."

About weblin

Weblin was founded in 2006, and is funded by T-Venture Holding, one of Germany's leading venture capital firms. The company has received multiple Web 2.0 innovation prizes including the Innovation in Virtual Worlds for Consumers Award at the 2008 Virtual Worlds Conference and Expo, and Red Herring Europe 100. In addition, Business 2.0 included weblin in its list of the "Most promising non-U.S. Web 2.0 companies" and Always On incorporated the company in its Global 250 list of hottest companies. Companies such as Microsoft and IBM are already using weblin to expand the reach of their community, create stickiness, and provide a revolutionary immersive Web experience. For further information, please visit:

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