Users are represented on the Virtual 3D Web by personalized avatars. These avatars can be used to navigate and engage in any world or environment within the Virtual 3D Web. Avatars are designed to be extremely lifelike and realistic in terms of body composition and movement and afford users an extensive level of customization. Users can choose their avatar’s ethnicity, gender, skin color and physical features as well as select clothes and accessories to portray their own personal style or the style of anyone they aspire to be. The use of avatars provides a sense of presence and identity, which in turn provides for a comfortable, and more engaging, familiar learning or collaboration experience.