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Last Updated: Friday, 21 March 2008, 10:57 GMT
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Kate Russell
By Kate Russell
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Kate Russell gives us her latest selection of the best sites on the World Wide Web.

Screengrab from the imvu.com website

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We love to chat.

Well, I love to chat and judging by the literally millions and millions of people who frequent the internet's many global chatrooms I am not alone, which is a good job because chatting alone is a fairly pointless exercise. If you are one of the chataholics on the web you can add imvu.com to your list of cool places to hang out.

What makes this chat client fun to use is the ability to create an avatar to express yourself physically, as well as a personalised environment where you can hang out with your friends.

Yeah yeah, that is nothing new, but I like the styling and ease of use of this version of the classic avatar chat room and there are plenty of other people there with whom you can enjoy it.

After choosing a name and a basic avatar appearance you are given a choice of accessory add-ons. This means clothing and furniture to populate your room - use the See More Choices button to scroll through the selections. The next step allows you to attach the chat client to an instant messenger address book - so it is super easy to invite all your contacts to join you.

Now you will need to download the chat client and after installation you can watch the one minute tutorial to get to grips with the basics. You can express yourself with emotes and use furniture to sit in a relaxed and informal atmosphere.

As well as being able to invite your contacts to private chat sessions, use the Public Rooms button at the bottom of the window to see the selection of imvu community chats you can join.


Screengrab from the nowthen.com website

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Another popular method of communication these days is through mobile phone messaging, allowing you to capture a moment on your camera phone and then send it to others to enjoy.

But if you have more than one friend MMS spamming can be a costly past time - not if you use the new service provided by Nowthen.com.

This funky site lets you send images to multiple handsets for the cost of one MMS - no need to upload any complicated applications, no hidden charges, and no mobile spamming. You just sign up, get your friends to join, and then you are away.

To join you need to put in your mobile number. A text message will be sent to you with a registration code which you need to access your account.

Now you are registered you can upload pictures from your computer's hard drive or send them from your phone to the mobile number on the webpage - at the cost of a normal MMS message.

These pictures can be sent to groups of your friends and family for the cost of just one MMS message. Click the Friends button and then create a new group to start inputting their details.


Screengrab from the mobyko website

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Talking of mobile phones, ever lost yours? Or, like an unfortunate ex-flatmate of mine, dropped it out of your jeans pocket into the toilet bowl.

Losing all the contacts in your mobile phone has to be one of the most annoying things in modern life, not to mention all of the pictures and video clips you might have saved.

Well, now this can be a thing of the past with mobyko.com. This awesome site allows you to save all of your contacts with just a few simple clicks of the mouse in a completely automated process that made my jaw drop.

After choosing the phone you are using and then registering, you get sent a four digit pin. Enter this in the website and it will send you a sync text, which you need to show and then save.

Before this process, the website reminds you to copy your sim card contacts onto your phone too, as it only accesses the phone memory directly.

The next screen explains what to do next, which will vary from phone to phone. Follow the instructions carefully then enter your pin and click save.

The website will now give you instructions on how to proceed with activating the sync profile with your make and model of phone - mark the items you want to save and when you click OK you will see the site instantly connect to your phone and upload the details.

One particularly cool application of this site is to use it to transfer contacts onto a new phone with the minimum of fuss.


Screengrab from the edopter.com website

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Sounds like the latest new craze - very possibly. For more thoughts on what will be getting the world talking, point your browser at edopter.com.

This site may look quite simple but I love the concept. It is a place for people to share thoughts and ideas on what might become the next in-vogue trend, everything from TV shows to food tastes to fashion accessories.

Posts range from the brilliant to the bizarre. Take a scroll through the front page selection or use the tabs at the top to browse or launch a trend or see how it works.

Each trend section contains an overview, the pitch, and a space for images, videos, and chat. If you agree with the trend just click the Get In button.

You will need to be registered for this function which is simple and quick. When browsing by trend don't forget to use the sort options at the top to direct your search.




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