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  • 1. The Uses of Avatars Business, Communications, Government, and Academics Presented by: Jennifer Nasipak, Jessica Solomon, Victoria Henderson
  • 2. • Why Avatars? The answer is as simple as they are – because they have a multitude of uses, and keep us safe when we need to present a face to the World Wide Web. • Also, Avatars are fun, creative and they are everywhere.
  • 3. Elements of Avatars • Name comes from Hindu mythology - temporary body a god inhabits while visiting Earth. • In cyberspace, the term was used to describe the visual embodiment of users • Represent the real time embodiment of people in a graphical image of a user, • alter ego, a body double
  • 4. Avatars in Business Gartner suggests six guidelines to make the best use of avatars in the business world: – Help users learn to control their avatars – Recognize that users will have a personal affinity with their avatar – Educate users on the risks and responsibilities of reputation management – Extend the code of conduct to include avatars in 3D virtual environments – Explore the business case for avatars – Encourage usage and enterprise pilots.
  • 5. Avatars in Communication • Advertising/ Pop- • SIMs Up People • SecondLife • Avatar mail • MMORPGS • Chatting Situations • Social Networking
  • 6. Avatars in Government • new meeting of human communications. • SecondLife • Federal Government tests out new policies and ideas
  • 7. Avatars in Academics • Online Classes – More personal – Helps Audio Learners
  • 8. Wrap Up • Avatars are useful • They are varied in representation format • Avatars represent your digital self • Businesses, Classrooms, and the Government use them for various situations and reasons • Avatars are EVERYWHERE, not just on the Internet!
  • 9. References • Muni Gov 2.0, https://sites.google.com/site/munigov20/Home/second-life • Gravatars, http://en.gravatar.com/ • Dr. Angela Thomas, Avatars as Communication, http://www.slideshare.net/anya/the-avatar-as-communication • Bob Pearson, Common Sense Blog, http://www.csmg.us/2009/10/guidelines-for-using-avatars-in- business.html • NuRelm, Avatars in E-Learning, http://www.nurelm.com/resources.jsp?pageId=2161392210281162 147507764 • Byron Reeves, Leighton Read, the Harvard Business Review, http://blogs.hbr.org/cs/2010/01/avatars_at_work.html
  • 10. Thanks for Listening! From: Jennifer Victoria and Jessica

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