There are several tools available online which lets you create an avatar. Zwinky is one such fun web site where you can build the cartoon version of yourself i.e. your personalized avatar. You can customize the avatar, from its skin tone to hairstyle to clothing accessories.
What is an Avatar?
An avatar is a visual representation of you which is often comic or cartoon. So instead of a photo in your blog profile, you can use an avatar! There are also web sites that let you set an avatar or photo for use with a profile, like Facebook, Digg, Flickr, and so on.
Zwinky – Creating Online Avatars!
Zwinky is a social networking service launched in 2006. It is owned by InterActiveCorp (IAC). The Zwinky members can create their own cartoonish, large-headed and big-eyed avatars, which they can use in several different ways.
Anyone aged 13 and older can become a member of Zwinky. The children below 13 are not allowed to make their own account, not even with parental permission. Zwinky profiles can be set to “private” for 18 years or older whereas profiles of children younger than 18 are automatically set to private.
How to create a Zwinky?
It is very simple to create Zwinky. You just need to follow the following steps:
- Firstly download the Zwinky software which is absolutely free.
- After the installation of the software creates your Zwinky account.
- Now login with the account and create your own customized Zwinky and share it with the world.
Therefore, in order to start off on Zwinky, the users will have to download a small installation program onto their computers. This might be slightly different from other social networking sites where they most simply request you to create a username and password and fill in some personal information, including e-mail addresses and phone numbers. But Zwinky requires you to download a Zwinky icon onto your Web browser, which can be clicked on to access the program’s interface.
After the successful installation of the Zwinky program, it can be opened up in the program window and then the created Zwinkys can be customized with gender, clothes, accessories, backgrounds, skin tone, hairstyle, color and more. You can add glitter text also.
Zwinky avatars can move around their own virtual space. The outfit and the appearance of Zwinkys can be changed at any time. For that after logging in to your Zwinky account, you’ll have to click the ‘Launch Wardrobe’ link at the top of the page. The wardrobe window will launch and you can try on new clothes by clicking on the appropriate drawer and then on the item.
After choosing the new outfit, click on the ‘Save Outfit’ button to save it. Zwinkys can have many different styles and personalities like a princess, goth, raver, punk, hip, hottie, etc. You can create as many Zwinkys as you want.
Apart from creating your personalized online avatar, you can also perform many other tasks such as making friends and chatting with them, playing games, dress-up, purchase digital goods, attend events and meet other people in the community.
With the mouse to point and click, you can move Zwinkys from one place to the next in a specific area. There is a “View/Add Friends” button at the bottom of the interface. You can send an e-mail to a fellow Zwinky requesting friendship or can see where in Zwinky’s world your friends are.
Features of Zwinky
- It’s completely free to download
- Quick to download and easy to create Zwinky
- You can chat with your Zwinky in a safe environment (Zwinktopia)
- There’s a huge wardrobe to dress your Zwinkys
- Brand new Sexy Zwinkies are now available (Hottie Zwinky)
We can say that avatars are the electronic image representing the person controlling it. People want to do certain things, they want to look differently, style their hairs differently, put various kinds of clothing and so on. But in real life, they can’t do everything they think of.
So when they enter a virtual world where everything becomes possible they become fascinated and at the same time curious. This very fact of human nature has led to the development of these avatars. Users are creating their customized personal cartoon avatar and enjoying!