Month: July 2015

How to make 1,000,000 online friends

(image, via blog.poptropica.com) I made 1,000,000 online friends in a year when I was 15, kinda. I knew some of their real life names, and I only talked in private with a few. So, these weren’t necessarily ‘friends’. I made a site called: Poptropica Help Blog, which became the number one community for the game Poptropica. I no longer run the site but it’s still dedicated to news, guides, and speculation, surrounding the game. And the community continues to grow. Poptropica is a multiplayer game where children solve island mysteries in a ‘safe space’. The creators limit the risk of harm by controlling an avatar’s interactions with other avatars. Your child can not choose their avatars name. Character creation generates a name of a random adverb and a noun e.g. Scary Tomato and Spotted Dragon. I later found a loophole in the name generation and changed my avatar name to Codien. It felt awesome. Conversations between avatars are preprogrammed to ‘quirky’ questions. Like: Am I a duck? You could only respond with Yes, No or …