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Motto: Beyond instant messaging
Subject General/multi-genre
Operator(s) IMVU, Inc.
Status Ongoing
Ran from/to 2004 - present

IMVU is a graphical, 3D IM-style chat system.


Users use personalized 3D avatars and environments that lets them interact with any person on the person the service. It also allows users to develop and create 3D clothing, hair, pets, and scenes for other users to purchase. The client software, which is still in beta stage, supports Windows platforms only.

IMVU and furry[edit]

Screenshot of the furry-specific IMVU welcome page
Screenshot including express your inner furry ad

Although the basic IMVU avatar is human, the service allows users to design, develop, and distribute furry AV based characters and add-ons (tails, ears, etc.). IMVU has specifically marketed to the furry fandom,[1][2] and continues to do so as of March 2009.[3]

The site has furry-oriented groups.[citation needed]

Fur Affinity[edit]

IMVU officially acquired the online furry art gallery Fur Affinity in January 2015.[4] The company ran the site until February 1, 2021, when the site's community leader Dragoneer bought it back.[5]


  1. IMVU - one of the first advertisers to furries? - Furry Media LiveJournal post by GreenReaper, 16 October 2006
  2. IMVU's furry introduction page
  3. IMVU ads appearing on a Google search for "WikiFur" (27 February 2008):
    • "Furries in 3D: Thousands of furries have found a home in 3D. Get your fur on, free"
    • "express your inner furry: You are just two clicks away from your very own 3D furry avatar."
    • "Fun 3D Furry Chat: Find fellow furry friends and make your own furry look! Sign up free"
    • "Chat With Furries in 3D: Meet other furries for 3D chat and role-playing! Sign up free.
  4. IMVU announcement journal
  5. "Fender". "New Ownership, Updated Logo, & More". February 1, 2021. Fur Affinity. Retrieved on February 2, 2021.

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