One benefit of WeeWorld is that, initially, using the service is free. If all you want to do is chat with friends online and play games, you don't have to pay anything. Many of the clothes, room furnishings and decorations and other items are also free to users. This allows people to put together an avatar and interact with other users.
However, some of the premium items, such as fancier clothes and more impressive hairdos, cost points. There are two types of points in WeeWorld: green points and gold points. They accumulate near the top of your WeeMee's page, and they're shaped in the form of a diamond. So, what's the difference between green and gold points? Green points are earned -- you can either rack them up by playing games on the site or simply earn them by exploring WeeWorld. For example, just bouncing around from page to page can earn you one point at a time. Gold points, on the other hand, are points you purchase with real money. This is merely an easier way to get points if you want to adorn your WeeMee with fancy items sooner rather than later. There's even a subscription service, where users can pay to get gold points.
Another feature that might be useful to members is the Export section of the site. This feature allows WeeWorld users to "export" their WeeMee avatars into other Web sites and services, particularly social networking sites. It's possible to export images of WeeMees into online communities like blogs and instant messaging services, e-mail signatures and mobile phones, too. To do this, members simply have to click on the "Export" button on the top navigation bar, and the site provides you with the specific code -- all you have to do is copy and paste the code snippet onto sites that accept WeeWorld. WeeWorld is compatible with several sites, but some of the best-known include AOL Instant Messaging (AIM), Windows Live Messenger, Skype, MySpace and Vringo. On top of that, users can even show off their WeeMee avatar on real-world physical objects like T-shirts, buttons and badges. WeeWorld uses an application programming interface (API), which makes it possible for the service to work smoothly with other ones. The moment you edit and save an appearance trait on WeeWorld, that information should instantly update across all other sites on which you've imported your WeeMee. So, if you decided to give your avatar a moustache, for instance, that information should update quickly on your MySpace page -- if that's where you've exported it.
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