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FTW (Free There Weekends) Update

Our first FTW was a great success. Our CCU was “about the same” as during the There Winter Games, which is great considering we had no advertising and very little advance notice. Thanks to SamSyn and Bruce, we also were spared any service overloads or outages.

Going forward, we’ve decided to make FTW’s a monthly affair on the 1st or 2nd weekend of each month. Before we start that, we need to solidify and test the “Avatar Deletion Process” which will purge people who showed up for a FTW (or two), but never subscribed, or, better yet, never logged into the 3D world (we had a lot of those!).

We want to make sure we wash them out of the system so they don’t hog all the good avatar names and fill “New There” up with “zombie” Avatars.

Change to the Low Cost/Free Trial Program

As you all know, you can “Try” There out for 10 days (yes, we snuck that one in on you!) for $.50, which is effectively “Free”, since we give you $.50 worth of Therebucks. We going to be increasing that time over the next few weeks or months to give people more time experience There, hang out, and hopefully get hooked!

Hair!

The software support for Developer Hair rolled out to production over the past few weeks, and SamSyn has been working with some unnamed developers to figure out how hard it is – 3DSMax wise – to actually “make” hair. As we suspected, it’s not trivial at ALL, which isn’t surprising when you think about it: “Hair” has to not only “lie” well over heads and shoulders (in different ways), it also has to “work” with all kinds of different head shapes and sizes.

To quote SamSyn:

“Custom Hair Notes

You will probably notice some hairstyle submissions in the next few days. These are just for test and should not be approved (but please do get review copies and make sure they appear on your head as expected).

If you are a talented 3D designer who thinks they can make a working skute with virtually no help, drop us an email and we will get you on the early list for an updated StyleMaker/Previewer you can play with. You can also just email us skute files you have crafted and we can try them out for you. (hair skutes only for now, please).”

Advertising

I’m sure you’ve all noticed our newly re-animated There Facebook Page, which is a form of advertising. We’d love you all to get in and “Like” that page (Ok, we’re no George Takei but we know more than more than 338 of your Like There!

We’re now going to (gingerly) start flexing our Google Adwords muscles, so you should start seeing ads popping up now and then.

But here’s what blew me away. I was playing around with Google WebMaster Tools, and checking us out, and here’s the traffic we get, with no advertising:

adwords

(Hmm. I’m not sure where that image went…)

That’s 300K impressions in 2 weeks, and 15,000 clicks! That’s not actually bad, at all, for no advertising!

Now, all we have to do is get them to sign up!

That’s all for today!

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  1. #1 by Maebee on 2014.05.15 - 10:41 am

    So does that mean anyone who has had an OLD There.com Avatar like myself who hasn’t returned after cancelling their subscription, will have their Avatar deleted?? I was trying to get on to give my items to CCR for Fundraiser etc.. but couldn’t as I had/have a bad ThereClientNet.dll file (which I still haven’t been able to fix ). If so .. I need to be able to transfer my items to EmmaJean/CCR Gina asap, I will even pay the 50 cents to do this. ( I hope this isnt the case as I like the idea of being able to return every so often with my Avatar sorta in sleep hiatus) Or is this strictly for newly created Toons for FTW?

  2. #2 by Robert Munro on 2014.04.11 - 1:24 pm

    I would like to get back into there.com could you send me a way to do this

  3. #3 by mademoisellefifi on 2014.04.01 - 8:51 am

    Are you guys working on a spawning area other than zona?

  4. #4 by Meg on 2014.03.31 - 12:19 am

    My daughter is waiting to meet the age requirement so she can reactiveate her old account. It sounds like it will be deleted before that happens. Thus losing all her gear etc. any thoughts?

  5. #5 by coolnet560 on 2014.03.29 - 7:46 pm

    I’m looking for in buying new hair. The guys hair needs some new look. When it comes to reviewing in hair, how do we know if the textures are not stolen from lets say vMTV. Is there a way to track that? I couldn’t make it to the opening of the FTW, but the next one I will try to make it. šŸ™‚ Thank you for the update.

  6. #6 by Mimi There on 2014.03.29 - 6:29 pm

    Was hoping it was good news! We have to get them subscribed! Thanks Dan & Bruce for all ya did and do. Yay. Make me happy (and relieved).. ‘tu Makena

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