Frequently Asked Questions
Learn About ThereIM
1. What is ThereIM?
ThereIM is a lightweight client which allows you to stay in touch with your There friends even when you're not logged into the virtual world.
2. What do you mean "stay in touch"?
When you're logged into ThereIM, you can communicate with other ThereIM users using your avatar, just as you would in There. You can wear any and all of your clothing, and use any and all of the emotes you'd use in-world. You can also communicate with friends currently logged into There by using in-world "Instant Message" (IM).
3. What do you mean "lightweight"?
Since ThereIM isn't simulating a whole virtual world, it's much smaller than the full There client, and consumes fewer resources. In fact, the download size for ThereIM is about 10MB, compared to 30-40MB for There. Even though it's lightweight, you can still use your avatar to communicate and express yourself just as you would in There, using emotes, clothing, and appearance to say what you want to say.
4. Is this in production?
We're calling this "Open Beta". As many of you know, ThereIM has been in "Closed Beta” for some time now, and we think it's high time we opened it up to everyone.
5. Is it bug-free?
6. Do I have to re-register to use ThereIM?
You can use your existing There account to use ThereIM.
7. Can I use my There inventory in ThereIM?
Yes. Your inventory, buddy lists, T$ balance, privacy settings, profile, and everything else about your There experience is shared between There and ThereIM.
8. Can I use my folders in my inventory like I do in-world?
Yes. In fact, you can create folders, delete them, and move things around, just like you can in-world.
9. Can I chat with more than one person in ThereIM?
Yes. You can hold multiple 1-on-1 chats, or group chats, just like in There.
10. When I’m logged into ThereIM, can I chat with someone else logged into ThereIM?
Yes. You'll be able to use ACC (Avatar Centric Communications) to chat with them, and you'll both appear as avatars to each other.
11. When I’m logged into ThereIM, can I chat with someone logged into There?
Yes. They will appear as an avatar to you in ThereIM, and your messages will appear as IMs to your friend in There.
12. That seems odd. Why can't they see my avatar?
Currently, it's only text. We're considering expanding ThereIM to allow people in There to see ThereIM users as avatars. We need to work out issues around screen real estate and "where a ThereIM user is in-world" first though.
13. When my buddies are logged into ThereIM, do they show up on my buddy list?
14. How can I tell if they’re using ThereIM, or are in-world?
If they're in-world, they’ll appear with the There status indications. If they’re in ThereIM, their status will appear instead as a small circle.
15. Can I shop in There's catalog or auctions from ThereIM?
Yes. All of the clothing available in the catalog or auctions is also available to you in ThereIM.
16. Can I change my clothes in ThereIM?
Yes. You have access to all your clothing, accessories, and hair in ThereIM just as you do in There. And they’re all arranged just like you like them.
17. When I'm logged into ThereIM, will I get system messages such as Event Invites?
Yes. You will receive your invitations as well as being able to respond to the There world system messages when in ThereIM.
18. What about Summons?
Unfortunately, you can't be Summoned from ThereIM into the world yet.
19. Does socializing in ThereIM count towards socializing skills?
20. Can I be logged into There and ThereIM at the same time?
No. Just as when you try to log into There from two clients, you'll be prompted to log out when you try to log in a second time.
21. Can I use ThereVoice in ThereIM?
22. Can I do text-only chats in ThereIM?
We've received this request a lot, and are looking into it.
23. Can I communicate with friends on AIM, Google Chat, and others in ThereIM?
24. Is there anything else I should know?
Yes. Some of the ThereIM Menu items may not work properly if your default browser is set to Firefox. We're currently working to correct this problem.