IMVU’s full form is the instant messaging virtual universe. IMVU is a smartphone application. The application allows you to create your 3d avatar from scratch. With application you can meet people in 3d rooms, make new friends, meet your special someone, celebrates anything that can happen. To make your character special and impressive, you can shop the dress, hairstyle, furniture to impress your friends.
IMVU is the number one avatar-based social application. Here users can create custom avatars and use them to chat with strangers in random chats or 3d chat rooms. The “chat now” feature randomly pairs users with other users. Now the users can decide they want to chat or skip to another user. On the application, users can post 2d and 3d pictures of their avatar in different poses and backgrounds.
With the daily spin feature, you can wheel and win prizes like credit for the app or dresses for your avatar. You can purchase credit using real money. This credit you can use to purchase new clothes, accessories, hairstyles, different avatars, and poses. Users also customizing their individual homepages, setting up public and private rooms, creating and participating in other groups.
What Does IMVU Mean?
IMVU is an online social networking site and metaverse. IMVU was founded in 2004 and was originally backed by venture investors Menlo Ventures, Allegis Cyber Capital, Bridge scale Partners, and Best Buy Capital. In 2014, IMVU had four million active users. The business located in Redwood City, California. IMVU has the largest virtual goods catalogs with more than 40 million items. (Ref Wikipedia)
Recently IMVU announces they have 7 million monthly active users who spent an average of fifty-five minutes daily, chatting, playing games, and making new friends. The 40% user base from the united state and other users are from the United Kingdom, France, Canada, and Brazil. (Ref)
What Parents Need to Know About IMVU?
This is an animated based dating and chatting site, where people can create avatars of character. and use that to chat with other users. This app is not suitable for students. The app specifically states that mean it’s not made for students or kids under the age of 18.
Because all profiles and photos are public here, also people can use scams by asking teens for phone numbers, photos, and videos on the site. This application encourages the users to chat with strangers, even their chatrooms are not monitored.
If your child using this application then delete imvu account, and discuss with your child why it is dangerous for the child. Your child above 18-year-old, then discuss what precautions we take when we are using social sites. Here is some news for your reference.
“When kids have access to apps that allow them to talk with strangers in a non-secure area, you don’t know their intention. So if you don’t know somebody, you don’t know why they’re talking with you, you don’t know what their end goal is. And honestly, if an adult is going on one of these [apps] to hide their identity, they probably don’t have a great intention,” –Rochester first