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Cellufun’s mobile social networking courthouse, jury and jail

Heh, did you catch this in the Washington Post the other week?

A virtual world for mobile devices, called Cellufun, has established a courthouse, where rule-breakers are indicted by their peers and tried by a jury of other community members. If found guilty of a charge, such as using profanity, users must carry out varying levels of sentences, from being mute for 20 minutes to being banished.

For the duration of punishment, a user’s avatar — a cartoon version of his or her real-life self — is pictured behind bars.

At least one user has been convicted of a crime every day since the Cellufun courthouse opened two weeks ago, said chief executive Arthur Goikhman. Every day, dozens of members are indicted.

"It’s really affected the tone and tenor of the site," he said. "People are much, much, much more careful now."

Fantastic!? I’m going to see if I can meet up with Arthur and the team when I’m at CTIA soon.

By Ewan

Ewan is Founder and Editor of Mobile Industry Review. He writes about a wide variety of industry issues and is usually active on Twitter most days. You can read more about him or reach him with these details.

3 replies on “Cellufun’s mobile social networking courthouse, jury and jail”

Or, if you want to give the whole “social” scene the miss, and just get games, you can go to MobileRated.com – no login/registration. What does everyone want my email address, and why does everything think they're a new FaceBook?

Or, if you want to give the whole “social” scene the miss, and just get games, you can go to MobileRated.com – no login/registration. What does everyone want my email address, and why does everything think they're a new FaceBook?

Or, if you want to give the whole “social” scene the miss, and just get games, you can go to MobileRated.com – no login/registration. What does everyone want my email address, and why does everything think they're a new FaceBook?

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