Shaker – Virtual Pub

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A Facebook app called Shaker, created by Israeli startup, won the TechCrunch Disrupt Battlefield 2011 in San Francisco just few days ago.  Shaker is a virtual bar, where each person has a virtual character that moves around in a bar and can speak with other people and join existing conversations.

Shaker aims to turn Facebook into a night on the town — complete with (virtual) drinks

Facebook is the social network. But it’s still not really all that social. Yes, you chat here and “like” things there. But it’s not the same as going out to a bar with a group of friends. Shaker, a new startup launching today at TechCrunch Disrupt, aims to turn Facebook into that bar.

The easiest way to think about it is as a mixture of Second Life, The Sims, and Turntable.fm all mixed together using your Facebook data and connections. Your Facebook profile becomes a walking avatar. Your pictures are placed on an actual (well, virtual) wall. You can choose what music is playing in the room for everyone to hear. And you interact with other Facebook users as avatars. You can even buy people drinks.

Shaker is a fun, interesting way to socialize on Facebook without feeling confined to the more static and flat elements of the service. Shaker’s idea is that if you can make Facebook itself more like a bar, real social interaction will happen more naturally. It’s one thing to chat with your friends on Facebook, but it’s extremely hard to try to meet new people. That’s what Shaker is hoping to enable. (read more at TechCruch)


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