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Showing posts with label Arkad Baxton. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Arkad Baxton. Show all posts

Monday, June 15, 2015

Facebook with Privacy: Avatar Social Network is Your Answer

Facebook the online phenomenon born in 2004, became part of everyday life in a very short time. Everyone has, or had, a Facebook account at one point. With it's over a billion members, it is a social media icon in online connection. Create a profile with your name, schooling, job history. Find friends, family, share photos, post stuff, and keep in touch with folks. Play games, make new friends in communities of interest, and participate in group activities.

As the internet spreads, it is a free-for-all place to find information—an all-you-can-eat buffet for those that wish to find you, thanks to Facebook, and other social media services, that connect to real life identities. Being found can be good, or, perhaps not good. So, what if you don't want your real life to be exposed, yet still make friends and stay connected in the virtual world?

Among the many platforms (such as Second Life, Inworldz, LittleField Grid, and all the so called Opensim and Hypergrid worlds, or even MMO games like World of Warcraft, EVE_Online, Aion, Rift, etc.), creating an avatar as an alter-ego can allow a full life in a virtual space, without exposing any real life information.

 For many, this alter-ego can feel more you than you! A virtual life can be as rich, or maybe even richer, than a real one. How can you stay in touch with this robust social life via social media? 
There is a great demand to extend the social network outside the confines of specific platforms, as the international community grows. Yet, there is a problem. Facebook and most social media websites require real information if you want their services. If you would use your fictional made-up name, you violate their Terms of Service Agreement. Facebook may delete your account if you do not use your real name and information.

What can all the (estimated in the millions) of virtual world residents and MMO game players do? Where can you go to fulfill the potential of your network? Every platform registry asks for real information nowadays. Collecting information is the norm, even demanded, before service commences. Privacy is hardly an option anymore.

But there is a strong and innovative alternative— a social media website that welcomes every member with any kind of name, look, made up information, fantasy, multiple accounts, several avatars or game characters: Avatar Social Network

As so many internet sites ask for more and more personal details about users, many users wish to enjoy some privacy and to find escape from real life for a spell. Avatar Social Network allows you to enjoy your alternate world. As a member, you can be whomever or whatever you wish to be, privately.

Born in Arkad Baxton's mind sometime in 2008, this unique platform became public in 2013 when the growth of multiple virtual worlds took off. He saw there was enough people that needed a private space for virtual alter egos. So he created Avatar Social Network to be the social media website for avatars and gamers.

Facebook makes regular sweeps that deactivates hundreds, or even thousands, of accounts that didn't provide real information or were additional to a real account. Plus Facebook has many other restrictions on growth, sharing, or ways to participate that are not conducive to the virtual lifestyle. Avatar Social Network was developed by learning from the best loved social media features, and expanding upon them. With considerable advantages, more and more members are migrating to this fast-growing website: self-proclaimed even as "Facebook Refugees." 

Once arriving at a world designed more to the needs of the virtual culture, you discover how the site integrates all the media that enhance the virtual experience: links, videos, photos, blogs, list special features here that you are most proud of into the social nucleus that best reaches your community. 

It becomes the center of your immerse experience.  Arkad welcomes new members by saying "Enjoy the freedom this website provides you, as it will not sniff into your real life or limit your fantasy alter ego. Be a man, woman, pink pony, werewolf, vampire, or hairy little bugger, and connect with virtual friends all over the world."

Sunday, June 7, 2015

Avatar Social Network has been Nominated to AviChoice Awards 2015

Avatar Social Network (ASN) was launched to the public in 2013 and ever since it has grown to be the #1 social media website for avatars (ranked by Google), virtual world and MMO gamers, with the richest features, over 400,000 photos and various content is offered to thousands of members and the entire Internet community.

With Facebook enforcing strict rules about real life names, IDs and accounts and Google Plus  plan to be shut down, residents of virtual worlds and players need a website to go to, to keep in touch with their friends outside of their preferred platform and games without jeopardizing their privacy and ASN has been offering just that. 's popularity has grown fast and while Avatar Social Network isn't for Second Life residents only, this year it was nominated for an AviChoice Awards as best social media website!

 Voting has started and can be placed on many different categories, great places and services related to Second Life. Make sure you visit the website and vote for your favorites.

If you are not an ASN member yet, check it out here: and if you, as thousands of members like it too, please place your vote on it.

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Avatar Social Network Opens it's Souvenir Store!

As Avatar Social Network (ASN) has became the largest social media website for avatars around the virtual world a new souvenir store has opened offering unique, collectible trade mark protected products and tools for members or anyone that just likes high quality merchandise.

Currently the items are only available for Second Life residents but stores will open for other grids as well.

ASN souvenirs contain items for different purposes, like social media tools, avatar accessories, clothing and so on. It's selection is growing every week as members and enthusiasts of Avatar Social Network offer their skills to make these collectible souvenirs. Some are free, some are with an affordable price.

You can find the store currently on the Second Life Marketplace. More items are added every week so visit it often, browse and get all the exclusive products. Visit the store here:

Wednesday, March 4, 2015

Avatar Social Network (ASN) has over 5000 members. Join Today and Connect with other Virtual World Enthusiasts

The website is already the highest ranked among the social media websites for virtual worlds and avatars and while it's not the oldest it has grown and expanded significantly since its public launch in September, 2013.

The unique nature of the website is its secure and reliable technical and community structure that welcomes not only Second Life residents but anyone from different open sim grids, IMVU or other 3D chat platforms and massive multilevel online games, like World of Warcraft and EVE-Online.

Members of ASN have the freedom of not being asked to share any kind of real life information - however it is optional. All members  can maintain their preferred privacy while enjoying the same and even more benefits than what other social media websites offer. Famous SL business owners, bloggers, artists and performers are among the members enjoying both free and paid services on the website to promote their activities, while others are just there to make and keep in touch with friends, post and share photos, music, videos, links and stories.

With over 135,000 main feed posts and 62,000 uploaded photos (March, 2015) Avatar Social Network is the #1 social media website for virtual world residents and online gamers helping members of similar interest to connect. If you are not a member yet, join thousands of happy members today.

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Avatar Social Network (ASN) has it's new, independent SL location.

 The social media website designed for virtual world residents and online gamers is now located in Second Life on the region called Earth.

Visitors can find the ATM there to register or get their earnings, change the music as they like and have fun with some board games. Just like on the website people here also can meet others and make new friends.

Avatar Social Network has a location on LittleField grid as well, a community grid without currency where shopping is free. ASN has an entire region designed to hangout for members and regular visitors alike. As the networking website is growing it is taking presence on more and more grids, first with ATMs only and later with hangout spots.

If you are not a member yet, you can join here:

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

“The Growth and Evolution of Avatar Social Network (ASN)” -Bimala Tagore Reporting

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Avatar Social Network (ASN), is an extensive and active virtual community, bringing together people from a variety of virtual games. ASN provides members with the opportunity to interact with each other and the site as their virtual avatar/character.
Members can create a personal avatar profile, share their thoughts, opinions, upload photos/videos of virtual interactions/adventures, engage in joint activities, conduct discussions on a variety of topics and make new friendships.
ASN has extended their focus well beyond just the creation of a profile. They cover many demands. Members are free to create blogs; group/business pages, promote upcoming events for their virtual worlds for free.
The accomplishment of ASN is not by pure luck. The rapid growth can be attributed to various forces working together. At the helm is Arkad Baxton, founder of Avatar Social Network. Arkad’s natural leadership skills, business acumen, drive and determination mean that his vision has turned into a wonderful virtual reality. Within its first active year, ASN has 70,000 posts and 12,000 friendships made. This shows that clearly ASN’s first year has been a success.

In this interview, Arkad Baxton shares with us how this huge community has developed and grown into a place for avatars to capture and communicate their virtual experiences in such an amazing, dynamic way.

Bimala Tagore:  The quick resident growth is a virtue to Avatar Social Network.

Arkad Baxton: Oh yes it's growing very fast.

Bimala Tagore: ASN reached 70,000 posts and 12,000 friendships in one year. The membership on the site has continued to rapidly grow throughout 2014. This positive response seems to indicate that ASN is well on its way to becoming a well-known name across the web. 

Arkad Baxton: Yes, hopefully those numbers will be at least 100 times more by next year :)

Bimala Tagore: What is the key to it's Success?

Arkad Baxton:  I don't think there is a recipe for that, but perhaps having a fantastic team to work with. Both, developers, admins and moderators helps to make the growth faster. It's great team work. Our mods are directly interacting with the members, offering support and keeping the content clean. The admins are addressing deeper issues, especially technical problems and the developers and scripters are responsible for the updates, upgrades and smooth operation of the website and of course the technical background. ASN runs on a strong and state of the art new generation server structure that keeps the website safer, stronger and faster.

Moreover we have serious investors. They are also part of ASN's success. See I am the founder of the website and my company is the owner but it also has investors that are helping the financial aspect for the growth.

Bimala Tagore: Their support and participation around the ASN community is strong. Clearly the roles of the Human Resource team, is fundamental. In this sense, your work enables you to create the result you want for ASN. Could you tell me what inspired you to create ASN?

Arkad Baxton: The people using virtual worlds and games like Second Life, World of Warcraft,, etc did not have a social network website that would allow them to interact as their avatar or character. Always some kind of real life information was required, at least a birth date at every social network. So I decided to make this one happen. No real life information required. Anyone can enjoy interacting as their avatar or game character. I already had a test community back then in 2008, but I didn't see this ready yet. In 2013, I made it reality and Avatar Social Network has been growing ever since.

Avatar Social Network is available on Android and soon on iOS as well

Bimala Tagore: Yes, you are achieving true success. Avatar Social Network covers many demands and interests.  Also every interaction on the site gives you “bonus points”. You can earn credits for their virtual world.

Arkad Baxton: Oh yes it's a website that offers it all. It's like having Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Wordpress and Flickr at one place all for avatars without the requirement of any real life information. At the same time, it has a credit system which is a unique concept to the website. No one has ever done it before. It's basically rewarding website activity and the credit can be used on the website to buy virtual gifts for each other, for games, etc. or yes members can exchange it for their virtual world's game currency. I believe in giving back to the community. It is also an important part of success.

State of the Art new generation server structure

Bimala Tagore: Definitely, all this you are doing could provide tremendous business benefit. In this respect, advertisers will find massive exposure. 

Arkad Baxton: Well, Avatar Social Network is already the highest ranked social media website for virtual worlds. So because of that, it has a lot of daily visitors which is of course great exposure for advertisers. We have different ad sizes available on the website and now the landing page also offers a large ad surface for bigger companies too. ASN is a good place to advertise.

Adding to that, we also offer business pages for free so clubs, designers, artists; businesses can create their own page and grow their visibility like that.

Bimala Tagore: Even when we don't have the ability to perfectly predict the future. How do you envision ASN?

Arkad Baxton: First we will have a celebration day right here on September 20th. We will have famous live singers, DJs, gifts, and all together an fantastic events. Then we have plans to add new features to the website to offer even more to the members. Without giving away too much just hinting: music. We already have an Android App but we have to upgrade that because of the new security we set up for the website and sometime this year or early next year we want to release our iPhone app as well.

The venue is ready for the 1st Year Anniversary Event

The future of Avatar Social Network in my vision is having a social media website for all the virtual world players and gamers that can hang out, share their photos, videos, interest, connect and promote their activity without the need of providing their real life information. There are thousands of people with their avatars and game characters to keep in touch with their virtual friends and make new ones.
It's already there and welcoming everyone from all walks of life without checking their information or limiting their number of accounts. On ASN people can have more than one account, one for each of their avatars "alts".
Bimala Tagore: You will celebrate the completion of your first year online. Congratulations on your anniversary.
Arkad Baxton: Thank you, it's going to be fun. As the first anniversary, it is always  a big deal.
We have a line of famous live singers, djs. Designers will offer their gifts as well. And of course we will promote ASN to everyone who is not a member yet. Although it's growing very fast, there are still people out there that are not familiar with it. It is time to break that circle :)

Avatar Social Netoerk offers business pages for free

Bimala Tagore: It is going to be fun. On the other hand, to be connecting with others and keeping real life safe are two principles in ASN. ASN is essentially a “virtual Facebook” for every avatar, but unobtrusive.

Arkad Baxton: Yes they call it "facebook" for virtual worlds but it's probably because facebook deactivates accounts that do not provide contain real information. Avatars, game characters are being removed and members are required to provide a copy of their real ID in order to get their account back.

That triggered a lot of people to move to ASN and I guess hence the connection to Facebook that way. Facebook allows only real life related accounts and only one account per real person. ASN allows any kind of fantasy or game related account and members can make an account for each of their avatar or character. It makes ASN a very attractive choice of social media and offers much more altogether.

Bimala Tagore: Could you extend your opinion about your team work?

Arkad Baxton: ASN has three staff groups. One is the developers and scripters. They pretty much stay in the background and they do not interact with the members. Then we have the administrators that have minimal interaction with members through Help Center but they get in contact when needed. The really visible team is the moderators. They are constantly on the website and being involved with the community, assisting members and of course moderating content that should not be there. They are a fun bunch and I feel blessed to have them. They are actually from virtual worlds so they know it all. I can only say that the entire crew of ASN is a fantastic talented group of people. Everyone knows their part and are doing a great job.

Bimala Tagore: ASN demonstrates virtuous ethics, because it encourages and promotes a harmonious community. ASN does not tolerate stalkers and classic abusers.

Arkad Baxton: It is important to add that Avatar Social Network has a very decent and friendly community. The ASN team takes spamming, griefing, trolling and stalking very seriously. ASN is highly moderated, luckily though we have only had a few of those issues in this one year.

Avatar Social Network for "Facebook" Refugees

Bimala Tagore: Arkad, would you like to add anything else?

Arkad Baxton: I think the only thing to add is that I would like to openly invite everyone to join Avatar Social Network and join us in celebrating our 1 year anniversary on September 20th, 2014.

Bimala Tagore: Once again I wish you happy first year. Congratulations on a wonderful accomplishment.

Arkad Baxton:  Thank you for contacting me about this Bimala.

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