Is it me, is it you... Avatars in cyberspace

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Real Estate Agent with Home Experts Realty

Well whaddaya know. I tried and tried to get my SitePal avatar on my Real Living web site - and can't! Wah! That's the only downside to the site. Otherwise it's easy and fun to work with and has brought me lots of buyers and sellers!

That said, avatars (animated or non-animated characters or images) are increasing exponentially - what used to be just thumbnail photos are now being touted as "avatars" (and I guess they are; I didn't develop the naming convention)... while avatars that can be used to speak by converting text to voice are not so common.

I had a 15 day trial of a SitePal avatar and just loved it. Now I renewed my license purchased last year, and have issued a helpdesk request to see if avatars can be added to my ActiveRain blog. There is a <script> within the code, and the avatar did not display even after I posted the code in HTML. So..... time to wait, and hope.

 These are really cool - you can get "skins" where you can glean contact info from interested parties, you can have FAQ's, or have an avatar that even looks and sounds like you (by recording your own voice, then the avatar synchs with your voice). I can't wait to find where I can post it!!!

Waiting... waiting....

I also sent a helpdesk request to my company helpdesk (thus the discovery that I can't use the avatar) and to SitePal.

One thing SitePal needs to work on (and I'll let them know this - darn, I am so vocal!!) - their avatar, when doing text-to-speech, reads the word "blog" as "b - l - o - g" - funny, yet I am surprised that word is not in the lexicon for the avatar.

Will keep ya posted.

Happy selling!

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Rainer
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Dottie Hicks
Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage - Parkton, MD
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Sounds interesting.  When you do a spell check the word blog is not recognized either.  You'd think these computers would be smarter than that.:)  Good luck with your Avatar..
March 05, 2008 05:33 AM #1
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cool.  I was thinking about opening an office in  "second life"...time is expensive though.
March 05, 2008 11:13 AM #2
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Gary Woltal
Keller Williams Realty - Flower Mound, TX
Assoc. Broker Realtor SFR Dallas Ft. Worth
Gina, you are probably ahead of me in the Avatar space. Their point is, what? Just motion for attraction? I don't get it.
March 05, 2008 02:30 PM #3
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Gina Kay Landis
Home Experts Realty - Dayton, OH

Hi all,

The SitePal avatar is a speaking "talking head" that can be customized to your preferences, as to facial shape, male/female, hair, eye color, skin color, clothing etc. It's not jsut "motion for attention" in this case - it is to communicate with people who are interested in seeing a speaking "person" versus a static photo that is just an illustration, or an avatar that does not interact with the consumer (SitePal avatars can be programmed to interact by answering a set of questions, I believe).

If you go to www.sitepal.com, you'll see what I mean. It's really interesting. In fact, the first speaking avatar I saw was on www.kimclass.com and when she replaced the avatar with a video of herself, I actually thought the avatar was better for her site.

 gk

March 05, 2008 02:51 PM #4
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Deb "Alayne" Brooks
Alayne Brooks, Re/Max Elite Group, Wichita Falls Texas - Wichita Falls, TX
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Wow Gina, you're right, and I have done the same to no avail. I keep failing. I think my notebook is too old or something. I'm going to check into the sites above though and I appreciate you sharing! Later in the rain~Deb
March 06, 2008 07:50 PM #5
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Debi Ernst
St. Charles County, Missouri - Prudential Alliance Realtors - O'Fallon, MO
GRI, e-PRO, Broker/Sales Associate
I've seen avatars and really like them.  I went to a site (I can't remember which one) and made one.  I can't seem to get it onto my Active Rain site, either.  Let us know if you figure it out...  :)
April 26, 2008 01:51 PM #6
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Gina Kay Landis
Home Experts Realty - Dayton, OH
Debi, there's something to do with the fact that the SitePal avatar code has "script" in it - which is odd, because so does another application on my web site (one that people can click and it rings both caller and person called at the same time). I don't get it! Will check further though, as I really like those and it is fun, to me, to have a talking head that can also answer questions (FAQ's) or gather buyer/seller info so I can get back with them via a box where people can put their names and contact info.
April 26, 2008 02:16 PM #7
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Debi Ernst
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I'm not sure how to do all that cool stuff you just mentioned...  Maybe you could teach me...?  It sounds do cool!  :)
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