To be able to create a successful social network from scratch, it's necessary to offer something different to the classic functions found in Facebook, Twitter or Instagram. And that's what ZEPETO tries to do, where its users can communicate with others by means of three-dimensional avatars based on their own photos thanks to the app's powerful facial recognition system.
Create your avatar and interact with other users
How it works is as simple as taking a selfie or using a photo from our gallery to instantly turn it into an emoji. From there on, we can customize its aspect, however, we like to create an environment through which we'll introduce ourselves to the rest of users. The only limit is our imagination. We can create greetings, decorate our virtual home with plants and furniture, and even take part in daily quests.
Become a virtual character.
And the rest of it is similar to classic chat apps. In other words, we'll be able to visit different chat rooms, access the profile of other users, follow them, exchange messages... The influence of apps of the likes of The Sims or SecondLife is quite obvious, so if you like this kind of simulation game and you're a fan of social networks, download the APK right now and sign up as a user.
A social network surrounded by controversies
This social network created by the same developers of the instant messaging app SNOW has quickly gone viral and it's not surprising to see their 3D avatars used in other messaging apps and social networks. However, it has been immersed in plenty of controversies as of late. A rumor has started to spread over the Internet saying that ZEPETO tracked and monitored its users through the camera and microphone of their mobile devices (very similar to Talking Tom Cat's eyes). It all stems from several Twitter accounts that alerted that if you held your phone up to your ear whilst the application was running, you could hear a strange sound, sometimes static noise and sometimes a beep sound.
Due to this hoax (it has already been proven that ZEPETO doesn't spy on anyone), thousands of users have started to uninstall the app from their smartphones and tablets, building the credibility of this unfounded rumor, as that noise is usual in any application that makes use of our microphone. Don't worry, it isn't any kind of tracker.