It's a Webby Kinz World

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It's a Webby Kinz World: How Kids Play and Socialize on the Web. Presented at August 2008 OLC Children's and Teen Conference.

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It's a Webby Kinz World

  1. 1. It’s a WebbyKinz World: How Kids Play and Socialize on the Web Jessi Crim-Weithman Associate Director of Support Services Westerville Public Library Dewey Cocker Spaniel WebKinz World
  2. 2. A Perfect Pair <ul><li>a loveable toy </li></ul><ul><li>a virtual sidekick </li></ul>
  3. 3. Webkinz 101 <ul><li>Ganz </li></ul><ul><li>April 29, 2005 </li></ul><ul><li>Adoption </li></ul><ul><li>Renewing </li></ul><ul><li>Inactive Accounts </li></ul>
  4. 4. <ul><li>iPhone </li></ul>What was the only Google search term more popular than webkinz in 2007?
  5. 5. <ul><li>6-13 </li></ul>What is the webkinz target age?
  6. 6. <ul><li>No </li></ul>Can a webkinz die?
  7. 7. <ul><li>41 </li></ul>How many podcasts have the father/daughter team of Hannah, Zoe and Dave recorded? www.webkinzwebcast.com
  8. 9. Secret Code <ul><li>One per toy </li></ul><ul><li>Sealed packet </li></ul><ul><li>Not replaceable </li></ul><ul><li>8 character alpha-numeric </li></ul><ul><li>Special codes </li></ul>
  9. 12. Pet Care <ul><li>Happiness </li></ul><ul><li>Health </li></ul><ul><li>Hunger </li></ul>
  10. 14. Kinz Cash <ul><li>2K to start </li></ul><ul><li>Earning: Employment, Quizzy’s </li></ul><ul><li>Winning: Games </li></ul><ul><li>Shopping: W-shop, curio shop </li></ul><ul><li>Selling: W-shop, mining </li></ul>
  11. 15. Food <ul><li>W-Shop </li></ul><ul><li>Daily Kinz Rewards </li></ul><ul><li>Cooking </li></ul><ul><li>Gardening </li></ul>
  12. 19. Rooms <ul><li>One bare room with pets 1-10 </li></ul><ul><li>Decorate! </li></ul><ul><li>Add small, medium or large rooms </li></ul><ul><li>Outdoor rooms </li></ul><ul><li>NEW Underwater rooms </li></ul>
  13. 20. Virtual Buddies <ul><li>Chat </li></ul><ul><li>KinzPost: Notes and Gifts </li></ul><ul><li>Tournaments </li></ul><ul><li>Virtual Visits </li></ul><ul><li>NEW my page </li></ul>
  14. 24. Similar Sites <ul><li>Shining Stars, Russ </li></ul><ul><ul><li>www.shiningstars.com </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Club Penguin </li></ul><ul><ul><li>www.clubpenguin.com </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Bella Sara </li></ul><ul><ul><li>www.bellasara.com </li></ul></ul>
  15. 25. <ul><li>Play </li></ul>
  16. 26. <ul><li>Brainstorm </li></ul>
  17. 27. <ul><li>Questions? </li></ul>
  18. 28. <ul><li>Thank-you! </li></ul><ul><li>Jessi Crim-Weithman </li></ul><ul><li>Associate Director of Support Services </li></ul><ul><li>Westerville Public Library </li></ul><ul><li>[email_address] </li></ul>

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