The current place-to-be on the

The current place-to-be on the internet at the moment is the Habbo Hotel – a cute, avatar-based chat area complete with bars, private rooms, games of poker, battleships and a disco. The private rooms are the best feature – anyone can have one, but if you want furniture you have to buy it through credits which you obtain by sending text messages from your phone. It’s all combined with an ICQ-like internal instant messenger service and a search-facility so you can keep track of your online friends. It’s still in beta, so it’s not without its flaws, but it’s incredibly good fun, nonetheless. I have two rooms currently up and running, but come and hang out in the Barbelith Underground room if you want a particular laugh.