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Fred Wilson, Animated Heads, and Yikes!

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March 27, 2006

Fred Wilson, Animated Heads, and Yikes!

Heather Green

Today, when I visited Fred Wilson's A VC blog, I was greeted by Fred himself....or at least an animated version of him in the corner. Fred's using a service from SitePal, which lets you slap an animated character on your site. I had been expecting audio greetings, but not one paired with an animated head...that blinks and moves when you wave the cursor near it.

There's something a little jarring about clicking on a site where you expect to read a post, only to be greeted by the author. Although, there are probably some good uses. Changing the greeting, for instance, like you change an emoticon at LiveJournal, depending on your mood.

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How annoying!!!

Posted by: PXLated at March 27, 2006 10:06 AM

Thanks for the heads up Heather.

Sounds like the makings of a bad dream, so I'll just avoid it.

Posted by: Jim Dermitt at March 27, 2006 10:42 AM

There's been quite a bit of movement in the use of avatars over the past few months and I've written quite a bit about it, including one entry you might find interesting ( ). This technology is apparently gaining interest among the reportedly-desperate advertising crowd looking for gimmicks and "novelties" (literally, and you can see my response with lots of additional links here - ). At least that's what my blog's traffic indicates; plenty of visits from advertising and marketing firms in major cities. Only there's much more to this than just novelty.

There are some pretty amazing stories of mentally- and physically-challenged individuals using these virtual representations to allow them to interact normally with average people. And I assume - hope - you've heard the phrase "WoW is the new golf". Unfortunately, the human element gets lost in the gold rush.

Posted by: csven at March 27, 2006 06:01 PM

Hi Csven,

Very interesting. I will take a look at what you've written. It's a good point about losing sight of the human element.

Posted by: Heather Green at March 27, 2006 06:45 PM

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