A quick guide to making it on Gaia

Are you new, but curious as to how you can earn enough gold to afford that item that you want? I will not go into it in detail, but here are some basic steps that can help you out.

When you are starting out, there are many ways to make a good deal of gold:

- Do the beginner quest This gets you a good sum of gold to start out with and some items too. You can sell them later if you don’t like them.

- Daily Chance: This gives out a sum of gold and some items every day. Although it’s usually junk, sometimes you get items which you can actually use or sell for gold. Sofar, I’ve gotten as much as 250g from one click on the Daily Chance.

- Play Games Puzzles give out a good deal of money, especially for the harder puzzles.

- Post, Comment, Make Journal Entries, Pollwhore I make roughly 1000g a day just from posting around in the forums, surfing, voting on polls, making journal entries, and commenting on profiles. In just 10-12 days of doing that, I would have enough to buy a sealed letter of the current month without spending my own money. razz

- Sell your unwanted items If you don’t have a vending or trading pass yet, you can sell some of your unwanted items gained from daily chance in the shops. Generally, they go for less than the cost. But once you have 1500g for both a vending and trading pass, you can begin selling and trading your items for more gold. :3

- If you can, buy sealed letters
Some people fund their entire Gaia accounts by buying sealed letters for $2.50 US each. But I would not reccomend this if you do not have the cash to spare yourself, or your parents are not OK with it. I don’t fund my account with these, but I usually buy two a month with my own money. Items often go up in worth over time, and are a good investment. Plus, they’re addictive and fun to collect!

- Set up a quest thread.
If there’s an item you are questing for, set up a thread for it. Don’t beg and plead. Instead, place a link in your profile.

- Participate in raffles, giveaways, and contests
This is a great way to earn wanted items and gold. Although there is a good deal of competition. I look for giveaways that include items I want, and I also participate in Art Contests.

- Set up a shop or auction
This is, in my opinion, the best way to make gold. I go into the art shop process more in a later post. But this is how I fund my Gaia account, while also gaining some experience and giving me a chance to practice new techniques.

- Vend (buy low, sell high)
Once you earn roughly 10-30k from using the above methods you can begin vending by buying monthly collectible items for cheap and then selling them for higher. If you don’t have any marketable talents, this is the best way to make riches in a short amount of time.

Ways not to get gold and items

- Buying gold for real money
Do not use other sites to buy gold. This is against the TOS and can get you banned. You can buy Gaia Cash to purchase monthly collectibles or items in the shops for your avatar however.

- Hacking, Spamming, Asking for Passwords
Again, another bannable offense. Don’t steal from those who work for their money. It just shows laziness and a lack of respect for others and yourself.

- Unsolicited Begging
Gaians hate beggars. The more you beg and annoy, the less likely we are to give our gold and items away. There are lots of people out there who donate… but there are ways to go about getting a donation tactfully:

a. Be kind, courteous, and literate. Nice and intelligent people are a rarity on Gaia. Therefore, you will be more prone to getting a donation. Sure it’s more work to type out your words, but it goes a long way.

b. Mention offhandedly, or bring up a quest when the discussion calls for it. This requires a bit of tact, but I’ve actually gotten items that I want this way.

c. If someone inquires during an above discussion, you can send them to your donation thread. Don’t just randomly spam people right off the bat. I do this only when one person asks, or I ask others if they have their own threads or quests, and we share them as a form of networking.

d. Show interest in what others want too. Don’t be self-centered. Even if you really aren’t that interested in what others want, pretend. razz Usually, I am… but some people aren’t. But you can at least put up a very good facade that you do in fact, care. Try to help them out a bit too. You might be surprised to see the favor returned several fold in return later on by them or another stranger.

e. A little bit of kindness goes a long way.

Gaia looking to sell?

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Either Gaia Online is thinking of raising a new round, looking to sell, or they’ve just gotten tired of not getting talked about more. First CEO Craig Sherman shows up at Web 2.0  (props to Susan for getting two normally recluse companies – Club Penguin & GAIA – to show up to a panel), and then arranges for a cushy article from GigaOm.

Readers of this blog have heard about GAIA several times in passing (1, 2, more) but perhaps a bit more detail is warranted. GAIA started out as a web forum for Anime fans, and has grown into a social network/micro-economy/flash game portal juggernaut on the Internet. It’s not as immersive as Second Life, not even as “world-like” as Habbo Hotel. The best analogy is that GAIA is Neopets for anime fans. What Neopets does for virtual pet lovers as a casual semi-immersive social experience, Gaia does for anime lovers. And if anyone thinks that’s a slam on GAIA, you don’t know your Neopets (#18 most popular place for US users to spend time online).

I often use them as an example of “mega-niche” — where dominating one niche category so thoroughly can be an effective strategy of reaching the mainstream (the Lord of the Rings movies, for example). And with the number of concurrent users and activity at GAIA Online, it has effectively moved into the mainstream of what Millenials (18-24) do online.

We all know how you like the stats, so here are some that have come to light recently:

Craig: Gaia is the world’s fastest growing hangout for teens.  #2 forum, a billion posts, over 1M posts yesterday, 2M monthly unique visitors.  Avg simultaneous users 64k.  3x growth since May 2006.  Avg minutes per session: 48, beats myspace, facebook, habbo, runescape, puzzle pirates

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85% US users, 55% female audience, 300k users log in daily. Were doing .5m uniques a month this time last year, now doing 2.5m/mo.

Additionally – it’s practically a post-modern social network. Just look at the varied offerings and activities: virtual world (10% of users time), rate each other’s artwork and other content (7-10% total activity), play multiplayer Flash mini-games with group chat (10-15% total activity), chat on GAIA forums (30% of activity – not surprising as this was the genesis of the site).

Bing Gordon (chief creative officer at EA) where Bing said something that has stayed with me: “virtual worlds will be a rite of passage for every teenager”. The chance to interact with various types of people, to play “dress up” and experiment with different identities was (IS) just a formative part of adolescence.

So Gaia Online is here

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By the middle of last year, it was attracting half a million unique visitors monthly; fast forward to last month, and that number is two million. It’s not a traditional MMO like World of Warcraft; it’s not a social game like There; it doesn’t originate from Europe like Habbo Hotel or from Asia like Cyworld. You haven’t heard of it partly because the San Jose company has kept a low profile.

Another reason you’re still likely in the dark: it’s primarily designed for teens. But with online worlds all sizes and styles poised for an explosion, you’ll almost certainly hear a lot more about it soon.

It’s called Gaia Online, and as a guy on a giant crane behind us tore down the giant Web 2.0 conference banner in Moscone West, I had a chance to sit down with CEO Craig Sherman— formerly COO with Myfamily.com, and an Entrepreneur-in-Residence with Benchmark Capital, a main funder of Gaia— for a furious round of questioning. How did Gaia grow so large so quickly so stealthily?

 “The world’s fastest growing online world hangout for teens.”

That’s the way Sherman and his team prefer to characterize Gaia, the brainchild of Studio XD, a comic art firm which gave the site its anime-influenced look. Gaia’s online world aspect (which launches in a separate Java-powered window) is a series of virtual towns where Gaian avatars can socialize (up to 100 in a single space), with apartments they can own, and treasures they can find. (No combat, however.) It’s just that 10% of total user activity takes place in the world itself.

Gaia’s Many Experience Channels

The world is just a conduit to the larger activity on Gaia, says Sherman: in addition, there are website arenas where users can upload and rate each other’s artwork and other content (7-10% total activity), or play multiplayer Flash mini-games with group chat (10-15% total activity.) The largest cohort of activity (wholly 30%) takes place in the Gaia forums, and here’s where the truly staggering numbers come in: Averaging a million posts a day and a billion posts so far, Gaia’s message boards (with topics running the gamut from pop culture to politics) is second only to Yahoo in popularity.

Gold for Activity

A unique innovation is the way the company distributes its virtual gold currency: instead of selling it for real money (as with There) or allowing its trade on the open market (as with Second Life), Gaians are automatically given gold for participation: You get gold for posting on the Forums, for riding events, for uploading content, for exploring the world. Subscribers are rewarded for engaging in Gaia, in other words— and the reward incents them to engage in Gaia even more.

Gold for Auction

With the gold, Gaia subscribers can buy items, clothing, and accessories for their avatars, some sold by the company, but most of it sold via Gaian-to-Gaian auction. (They estimate some 52,000 auctions are completed every day.)

What pays in Gaia, however, stays in Gaia: the company strongly discourages real money trading, and works with Ebay to curtail it. That’s not to say Gaian treasures haven’t been sold online. “One item sold for $6000,” says Sherman. “Wonderful to tell you, but bad for what we’re trying to accomplish.”

Gold— for Gaia Interactive, Inc.

Instead of monthly subscriptions, Gaia Online sells “rare items”— treasures, fantastically cool fashion accessories for player avatars, and so on— two offered a month for $2.50 each. Subscribers buy them via credit card, Pay Pay, cellphone—or cash on the barrel. (“We employ someone full time whose job is getting dollars and quarters” out of envelopes kids send them, Sherman notes.)

… but first, a world for our sponsors

The company’s other revenue source are ad campaigns created to run within the world of Gaia. Before launching these, Sherman says, they solicited subscriber feedback, to find out which potential advertisers they wanted to see in the world— and which they didn’t. (Cool fashion brands got the majority nod; big American auto companies, however, didn’t.)

Staffers work with advertisers to create, not passive billboards, but an extended immersive experience. Gaia’s campaign for New Line Cinema’s fantasy adventure The Last Mimzy, for example, challenged their users to accomplish a series of tasks in order to get their own special Gaian-only Mimzy (a super-intelligent bunny). Hundreds of thousands of these Mimzyies were given out—meaning some 10-20% of their total user base jumped through the hoops to win the advertiser’s prize. (By contrast, when Nissan began giving away virtual versions of their cars in Second Life, far less than 1% of Residents took them up on the offer.)

The Secret to Gaia’s Success

Craig Sherman has been thinking what the value-proposition of his site in the era of MySpace or Facebook. “In a world where teens are constantly branding and packaging themselves” on sites like those, he points out, “Gaia is where you get away from it all.”

Whether that remains the case when the competition reaches full roil remains to be seen, but for now, the Gaia seems destined to keep growing.

The Gaia Numbers: Demographics and Usage Patterns as of April 2007

300,000 log in daily, according to the company; average unique visit is two hours a day.

Average concurrency: 64,000 users. Maximum: 86,738.

85% of users are based in the US

10% are English-speaking but non-US (with 5% a nebulous Other)

Breakdown by gender: 55% Girls – 45% Boys

About 20% of subscribers put up their real life photo in their avatar profile.

Number of Gaia gold “millionaires”, as of last week: 1385

What kinds of clothes and items are there?

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Ah, therein lies the rub. There are six general types of clothes/items on Gaia.The first is commons. These are the stuff sold in stores. Basically, if you have enough money, you can get them. Their prices stay the same, and Gaia never runs out of these items.

The second is rares and uncommons. These are clothes and items that you get during the treasure chest or the gift box random event. Random event, you ask? Yeah. At random times (note the term “random”), you will get a  beside your avvy. Yeah, it looks just like that. It’s accompanied by a flying treasure chest or a flying gift or a glowing pink link. You need to click on these things. If you click on the flying chest or gift, you will get it in your inventory. Then you can open them to get clothes or items that are not found in stores. If you click on a pink link, your gold will go up by 1000. You can buy and sell rares and uncommons in the Exchange and in the Marketplace.

The third is donation items. If you donate at least $2.50 to Gaia, you will get a donation letter in your inventory. It’s unsealed around the end of the month and contains an item that is not found anywhere else in Gaia. Very old donation items are very expensive. The most expensive item on Gaia is the angelic halo, which was the very first donation item. That means the only people who got the halo were those who donated when Gaia was born. And the admins, of course, because they created everything. And people who were lucky enough to get the halo or buy the halo from the first donators. It costs tens of millions of gold. Seriously. That’s a lot of posts and polls XD Donation items are also available through the Marketplace and the Exchange.

The fourth is special occasion items. There are special events in Gaia, such as Christmas caroling, balls, and Olympics. Unique items are released during these events. From experience, most of them are usually not as sought-after as the donation items. They are also available through the Exchange and the Marketplace.

Fifth is game items. Gaia has some mini-games that you could play. Currently, there is fishing, slot machines, and getting bugs/flowers/trash in Gaia Towns. When you have a certain number of particular items from these games, you can have them exchanged for things that you can equip to your avatar. Game items can also be purchased from the Marketplace.

Sixth is prizes. There are particular games that are competitive, in that you and a whole bunch of other Gaians will be jonesin’ for the same prizes. This is the case for fishing and the Art Arena. If you win first, second, or third place, you get a trophy (fishing) or a medal (Art Arena). Note that these prizes are more rare than the items you could acquire using the previous methods. As mentioned before, you have to compete against a lot of other users, and only a certain number of prizes are handed out at a time. People who have won these prizes may sell them through the Exchange or through the Marketplace.

Choose your Gaia Gold

First of all, we have some great news: the Gaia Film Festival Contest is now open to international entries.! Now everyone, from every corner of the world, can participate in our contest. [ Buy Gaia Gold ]

You can view the complete rules and info at our Film Festival Contest home page.

And now a little bit about the Gaia Convention Tour!:

Anime Expo is in one week, so be sure to visit out our AX info page see what we’ve got in store. Don’t miss Gaia’s official dance!  [ Buy Gaia Gold ]

We have added more stops to the Gaia Convention tour: New York ComicCon and the New York Anime Festival. We also updated our Convention Tour home page with new information about Otakon.

Please visit our Convention Forum to discuss our upcoming events!

We’re also proud to announce Kiki’s Road Trip Across America:

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Kiki Kitty, one of Gaia’s most beloved characters, is going to be traveling across America and making stops at a number of different conventions where she’ll be hosting special Gaia Online gatherings. These gatherings are special events where Gaia Online members can meet each other and hang out while making new friends and exchanging usernames. In addition to hanging out with your fellow Gaians, you’ll also have the chance to win a special jumbo Kiki plushie, which will never be available in the Gaia store.

We will be visiting even more cons and hosting special Gaia events, so be sure to check out the road trip home page regularly for updated tour dates and info.

I’ve set up a special thread where you can suggest more conventions for Kiki to visit! We’d love to hear from you, and we hope to see you soon . [ Buy Gaia Gold ]

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Hey, guys! We wanted to give you some advance notice about a couple of important changes that you’ll be seeing on Gaia very soon.  [ Buy Gaia Gold ]

For a while now, we’ve wanted to simplify how username colors of Gaia staff and Moderators appear around the site. We’re about to make things way easier to understand:   [ Buy Cheap Gaia Gold ]

In brief, there are going to be 2 main colors for people that are here to help; Green for Moderators and Orange for Administrators.

Green – For all Gaia’s Moderators. In addition, there will be a text title under their usernames that better explains what their role is and how they can help you. If you need help, people in green are the ones who can help you.  [ Cheap Gaia Gold ]

Orange – For Administrators. These are the ones who manage the forums and lead the moderation and member services teams. [ Cheap Gaia Online Gold ]

You may also see these other colors on usernames:

Dark Brown – For names will be given to those who do art, coding, and other fun stuff for you. These are the people that talk about features and development.

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Members on your friends list will still be in Dark blue, and NPCs will continue to remain Red. Gaia Gold ]

As you may know, there are currently several different username colors given to our staff based on what they do to support you, and that can be really confusing. We believe this new way of identifying Moderators and Adminsitrators will make it even easier for you to find who you need to assist you with anything on Gaia.

Green Moderators will still be your first line of support for all of your community needs. And Orange Administrators will continue being the official voice of Gaia as well as leaders of the community team. Gaia Online Gold ]

Gaia’s support team is growing really fast! That’s why we want to make things more clear and simple.
We’re already improving on our response time, and this color change is another effort in making things better. You should expect to see both the green moderators and orange admins engaging the community more than ever before.

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Rules of Gaia Online

I-“[OMGSOHAWT!!1] is spam. Do NOT post it here.”

This thread is about having ACTUAL conversations. Not running in here and spamming! If you are posting in this forum, please include some information in your post. The fact that you find a celebrity “Purdy” is not information. It is spam, and will be treated as such. Do not try to start conversations with this sort of material. Joking/chatting (which wouldn’t contain any useful information about celebrities) is allowed, but don’t overdo it. Try to keep a celebrity as the focus of the conversation. The chatterbox is for chatting.
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II-“Personal Ideas”

If someone says they don’t like a certain celebrity, do not try to force them to like that celebrity. Everyone has their own personal ideas as to who they think is hot/smart/sexy/ect, do not expect everyone to have your same ideas. If you ask people what they think of someone, and they say they hate them, it is their choice. Do not flame people who don’t like your favorite celebrity. Respect their choices and move on.
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III-“What Belongs Here?”

Any thread in the celebrity forum, must be about a specific or a specific group of celebrities. Threads about “Have you ever seen Family Guy, Isn’t It Funny?” don’t belong in this sub-forum. If the thread was about “Seth Green as Chris from Family Guy”, that would be acceptable. Another thing, musicians count as celebrities. BUT here you must talk about them rather than their music. If the thread only talks about how good their music is, it doesn’t belong here.
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IV-“Making A Thread”

If you want to make a thread in the celebrity forum, first check AT LEAST five pages back, as well as in the below lists for a similar thread. If there already is one, DON’T make one. Reply in the already made thread. If there isn’t one and you decide to make your own thread, don’t make the beginning message, “ISN’T [insert-name-here] HOT?!?!”. The thread should tell something about the celebrity. Threads that do not follow these rules will be treated as spam.
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This is an appropriate message for starting a topic about, say, Jennifer Aniston.

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This thread is dedicated to Jennfier Aniston. I think she is wonderful actress, and I love the tv show friends. I also think she is very attractive and sexy. If you don’t know who she is, below is a picture and a short filmography.

Photo:
[IMAGE WOULD BE HERE]

Filmography:
[LIST OF FILMS WOULD BE HERE]

Gaia Online Infor

Okay, I’ve been playing on Gaia for a while and figured I like it enough to put together a brief introduction about it. This introduction is pretty low-level and explains various concepts that are not exclusive to Gaia, such as the concept of forums. That’s because whenever I talk to friends about Gaia, I have to backtrack and explain such concepts before they can appreciate what’s involved in Gaia. And yes, my friends are not as ‘Net-nerdy as I am ^^

This section also houses majority of the files that are on this site. Even though it may appear that I have lots and lots and lots of text, I have even more pictures. You probably had a sense of that from looking at my Toybox. Well, this section houses my Gaia extended sig, which contains all pixels that I have purchased in Gaia Be afraid. Be very afraid.

This is also the section where incredible use of real emoticons started Some people may call it emoticon rape I can’t help it, they provide me with the means of coming across text better. But anyway, yes, it started here. And it spread outward to the rest of this site’s pages, like the plague

I initially joined Gaia because of pixels. I love having adorable, animated creatures in jars. While hunting for them one day, I came across somebody’s toybox. This person indicated that she may have adopted some of her pixels from Gaia, but she couldn’t remember. Gaia? I then asked nobody in particular. So I got onto Gaia and signed up.

I didn’t really start getting into it until the day after I signed up. But before I knew it, I was addicted. It’s essentially taking on the form of this little pixel sprite that you can dress up, provided you have the pixel gold to purchase the pixel item.

I don’t know how long Gaia will be around. They opened in February 2003 and is still in alpha phase at the time I wrote this up (and even at the time I joined). It’s still riddled with bugs, and new features are added to it constantly. Someday, Gaia might disappear, taking its pixelated sprites, items, and gold with it. When that happens, there will be a general outcry from countless Gaia addicts around the world. I don’t see that happening anytime soon, though. Right now, it’s a tool of procrastination for many, many people.

The banner you see down yonder will take you to Gaia. Go check it out. And if you do sign up, why don’t you send me a hello? ^^

What else does Gaia have to offer?

Gaia is continuously expanding, with a lot of features for its users. It has a wide variety of forums, of which anime is only one (but yes, it still calls itself an anime community. It started out like that). It has an ever-expanding set of minigames. It also has Gaia Towns, where you can have a furnishable house, collect particular game items, and have real-time interactions with other users present.

What kinds of clothes and items are there?

Ah, therein lies the rub. There are six general types of clothes/items on Gaia.The first is commons. These are the stuff sold in stores. Basically, if you have enough money, you can get them. Their prices stay the same, and Gaia never runs out of these items.

The second is rares and uncommons. These are clothes and items that you get during the treasure chest or the gift box random event. Random event, you ask? Yeah. At random times (note the term “random”), you will get a  beside your avvy. Yeah, it looks just like that. It’s accompanied by a flying treasure chest or a flying gift or a glowing pink link. You need to click on these things. If you click on the flying chest or gift, you will get it in your inventory. Then you can open them to get clothes or items that are not found in stores. If you click on a pink link, your gold will go up by 1000. You can buy and sell rares and uncommons in the Exchange and in the Marketplace.

The third is donation items. If you donate at least $2.50 to Gaia, you will get a donation letter in your inventory. It’s unsealed around the end of the month and contains an item that is not found anywhere else in Gaia. Very old donation items are very expensive. The most expensive item on Gaia is the angelic halo, which was the very first donation item. That means the only people who got the halo were those who donated when Gaia was born. And the admins, of course, because they created everything. And people who were lucky enough to get the halo or buy the halo from the first donators. It costs tens of millions of gold. Seriously. That’s a lot of posts and polls XD Donation items are also available through the Marketplace and the Exchange.

The fourth is special occasion items. There are special events in Gaia, such as Christmas caroling, balls, and Olympics. Unique items are released during these events. From experience, most of them are usually not as sought-after as the donation items. They are also available through the Exchange and the Marketplace.

Fifth is game items. Gaia has some mini-games that you could play. Currently, there is fishing, slot machines, and getting bugs/flowers/trash in Gaia Towns. When you have a certain number of particular items from these games, you can have them exchanged for things that you can equip to your avatar. Game items can also be purchased from the Marketplace.

Sixth is prizes. There are particular games that are competitive, in that you and a whole bunch of other Gaians will be jonesin’ for the same prizes. This is the case for fishing and the Art Arena. If you win first, second, or third place, you get a trophy (fishing) or a medal (Art Arena). Note that these prizes are more rare than the items you could acquire using the previous methods. As mentioned before, you have to compete against a lot of other users, and only a certain number of prizes are handed out at a time. People who have won these prizes may sell them through the Exchange or through the Marketplace.

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