Last week we reported that Weblin was prepping to launch virtual goods and new advertising to monetize its layered virtual world. Through a browser plugin or lightweight, non-downloadable version, weblin lets users take customized avatars with them across every website they view. In February those users will also be taking virtual goods and banner ads with them. The first goods will include graphical effects, like fireworks or floods, that users can display for all users on a page. They'll also soon be able to leave items behind and craft them on their own.
"We are also working on dropable items. Users will install virtual
items persistently on Web pages," Co-Founder Christine Stumpf explained via email. "These items will
be visible to all other visitors. In Q2 users will be able to equip
their virtual living room, e.g., their Web page, with objects. There
are static objects like chair, couch, table, and also interactive
objects. Crafting and resource farming is also in the works. Work flows
and crafting trees will give users another reason to be active in
weblin and to communicate with friends."