The Internet has opened new ways to meet and get to know people like never before. Social networking Web sites are popping up to cater to all types of tastes and preferences. There are sites for dating such as eHarmony, sites for users with similar interests and hobbies such as CarDomain, and sites for, well, just plain-old social networking such as Facebook, MySpace and more recently Twitter. Video sites like YouTube have been a tremendous step toward self expression and a means for people to reach out to others interested in seeing what their imaginations can cook up.
One such site is Subeta, a social networking Web site on which users create human avatars that care for and interact with virtual pets. The site was created by Keith Kurson in 2006 and runs with the help of volunteers and a few paid staff members. Subeta is a virtual pet site with more than 150,000 registered users that gives members the ability to own and care for several pets while simulating the everyday rigors of keeping them healthy, feeding them and maintaining their health.
In this article, you'll find out about the features and resources found in Subeta, as well as some of the hurdles, including the infection that turned many users' avatars into zombies. Subeta is designed as a Web site for younger people to use to network with others from across the world. Subeta can teach some practical principles such as money management and marketing; however, it also has a darker side, which might give some users pause.
On the next page, we'll take a look at the basics of Subeta and learn how to get started.