Friday, August 24, 2018

2018 EDU: Use social 3D on the web: what you need to know

Use social 3D on the web: 
what you need to know

Social 3D activities are social activities in virtual three-dimensional spaces.  Some such spaces are coming available on the web, meaning that you can visit them in your browser with no preparation.

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Two Web worlds in public beta

  • 3DWebWorldz
  • CybaLOUNGE
  • Yes, these links take you to flat web pages in your browser.
  • You can you can enter either of these as a guest, without registering.
  • But you will need to pick a name and, in CybaLONGE, pick an avatar
  • And if you want to connect with friends, you will have to register. 
  • Web-worlds, 3D virtual worlds running in a browser. Summary
  • To get the best results, use Chrome.  
  • Firefox may work, but may have trouble with voice.
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What is social 3D?

  • Social activity in a virtual three-dimensional environment
  • Different from games, simulations, and other focused uses of 3D
  • Social activities are made of people interacting with people.
  • But are otherwise limited only by what people want to do.

That's social.  What is 3D?

  • Much like the "real" world that we are accustomed to.
  • It may look like our normal world. 
  • Or a world of fantasy, science fiction, history, or imagination.
  • Actually, it will probably have places that match all these scenes.
  • There are people (avatars) as you would expect in a world for people.
  • The people are talking to each other.
  • They are all doing what they please
  • They may be playing a game.
  • They may be talking about their current project.
  • They may be singing and dancing.
  • They may be telling jokes.
  • They may be building something.
  • Some may be taking pictures or making videos.
  • Some may just be looking around to see what is there.

Frequent activities in social 3D

General Terms

  • Inworld:  In a virtual world; in the same virtual world as you
  • Teleport: Move immediately from one place to another

Entering and starting

  • Select your entry place:  Look for a drop-down list on the login page.
  • You don't have to register, make a password, or anything like that.
  • Guests just pick a nickname and an avatar.  
  • That is true of the web-worlds mentioned above.  Others may differ.
  • When you get into the web-world, you may have to click the screen to start.
  • In 3DWebWorldz you press Esc. to return to flat mode with cursor.

People and communication

  • Contact lists: People who share a common interest.  
  • You may want to join contact lists that match your interests.
  • 3DWebWorldz goes for social media with contact groups: Video tutorial
  • Groups: Collections of people who want to do something together.
  • Friends: People you want to contact easily.
  • Cybalounge adds another social feature
  • Instant Message (IM):  A typed message, often to someone inworld.
  • Some places will store an IM if the addressee is not inworld.  
  • A stored message may be sent out by email.  
  • A stored message is usually delivered when the person comes inworld.
  • Local chat: A typed message that is shown to everyone nearby.
  • Worldwide chat: A typed message that is shown to those in the chat room.
  • Group chat: A typed message that is shown to everyone in a group 
  • Voice: Usually local:  Heard by everyone nearby. 
  • Voice almost always works in Chrome, but you may have to give permission.
  • Check the right side of the address bar.  
  • Hover cursor over the graphics you see there.  
  • One should say using your camera and mic.  If not, click it and authorize that.
  • Other kinds of voice connection may be available to talk to friends or a group.
  • We also use Skype and Discord

Movement and view


View control:  Free camera, zoom, cam around

How do I meet people?

  • Join Contact groups that fit your interests.
  • Post in a contact group about something relevant you are doing.
  • Attend events and post in local chat about your interests.
  • Search for G+ communities that fit your interests. 
  • Post and respond to posts there.
  • Search on page:  Crtl f opens a search bar upper right.




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