inf.net project overview By Ilya Gelfenbeyn and Pavel Sirotin
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inf.net Inf.net is a community of virtual talking characters called infs . Users can create their own infs, design their appearance and teach them. When the inf is ready, it can be posted on Facebook, MySpace, Blogger, Wordpress or any other website as a flash code. Inf’s conversation logs after each conversation can be improved by its creator to make the inf smarter.
iii.ru and inf.net iii.ru is the project in Russian, launched in March 2009. inf.net is an English version of the project with the same functionality started in January 2010.
Creating an inf Appearance builder Teaching Export to external websites Conversation logs
How does it work?
Users create their characters
Choose clothes and character appearance
Post infs on blogs, websites or social networks
Read conversations and teach infs on their basis
Discuss infs on the project’s forum and blog
There are several ways to teach infs:
- Filling in answers to predefined frequently asked questions
Creating new templates (i.e. “question-answer” pairs)
Creating dialog trees
Building reactions to cues (timeout, mouse click, first appearance etc.)
Much more (conditional operators, variables, sets of synonyms)
What are they for?
Social network profile or blog extension
Entertaining website widget
The project was launched in March 2009
More than 370,000 Russian-speaking users
About 700,000 infs online
Up to 1,00 0 ,000 phrases per day
10 0 ,000-200,000 conversations with infs per day
20,000-30,000 unique visitors per day
Audience demographics, according to user profiles
Gender: 2/3 – female, 1/3 – male
Inf’s world will include gaming mechanisms (achieving levels, competitions, geographic locations etc.)