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The Sims 3 University Life: Social Networking

Blogging, Texting and the Relationship Transmogrifier

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The Sims 3 University Life Social Networking Skill

Social Networking is a skill built around the smartphones that come with The Sims 3 University Life. It's a very mobile skill that just about any Sim can do, though it is not a big moneymaker. It is intended to be more of a supporting skill that a Sim could live off, but that doesn't make it a great idea. The skill gives some unique abilities to your Sim should you max it, letting you meet Sims with certain traits, get a boost with relations to UL's three Social Groups, and manipulate other Sims' relationships with each other and your household's Sims.

Learning the Skill
Classes and skill books are available for Social Networking, and both are helpful here as the skill doesn't have a single means for you to practice it for hours without queuing loads of actions. Ultimately, the skill is carried out on the smart phone in your Sim's inventory (or click the Sim to access the smart phone menu).

Texting and Other Phone Functions
Texting is one way to get started, as each text you send will give your Sim a bit of experience. You can keep relations from decaying a bit with this, but it's mainly a way to level the skill and not going to build great relationships. Your Sim can get addicted to the smartphone when using it a lot, and will receive a 6h +40 phone junkie moodlet when they do. Withdrawals will occur when that moodlet goes away, so be sure to check the phone, stream a video and do some web browsing to satisfy that need. As you level, you can change the skin on your Sim's smartphone by going to the phone > phone settings.

Sim Finder App
At level 4 Social Networking, your Sim unlocks the Sim Finder App. Use this from the phone to look for Sims with certain favorites and traits. When you've found a Sim, they'll automatically be invited to your house so you can meet.

Blogs
At level 1, you get the ability to start a personal blog. This is the means of making money with the Social Networking skill. At level 3, you can make a review blog, and level 5 news blogs. Each type allows you to make posts or take pictures to attempt to accumulate followers. As you increase your blog's star level, based on followers, you will unlock a few different perks. These give you faster influence gains with social groups, bigger tips from followers, and even give you higher starting job positions with a 4-5 star blog. You can switch your blog type, but you'll lose 30% of your followers when you do.

Blog Star Ranking:
Here are the number of followers you need to achieve each (star level) on your blog: 20 (0.5), 50 (1), 150 (1.5), 300 (2), 500 (2.5), 750 (3), 1000 (3.5), 1250 (4), 1500 (4.5), 2000 (5).

Selling Blogs and Donations
When your blog has 4 stars and higher, you can start getting decent offers to sell your blog. A 5-star blog can go for up to $7,000 simoleons - but it takes a long time to build up that high, so likely isn't worth selling. It's better to get high rank and ask followers for donations, as you could get up to 800 simoleons from a big donation. Asking for donations makes for a greater likelihood you get a donation the next day. You can do this once per day.

Losing Followers: Blogged Out
As you blog, you'll eventually get a blogged out moodlet. When you see this, stop blogging and wait for it to go away (or cheat it away with testingcheats). Any posts you make while blogged out will likely result in a loss of followers, while blogging in a good mood with fresh content ideas will let a Sim generally gain them.

Gaining Followers
Follower gains are based on random numbers, your Social Networking skill level, writing skill level, and traits. The following traits make you better at each type of blogging: Positives add +3 minimum followers each, negatives -3.

Personal Blog: Positive: Irresistible, Charismatic, Flirty, Friendly, PartyAnimal, HopelessRomantic, ComputerWhiz. Negatives: Loner and Mean Spirited.

Review Blog: Positive: Artistic, EasilyImpressed, AvantGarde, Perfectionist, Schmoozer, Frugal, ComputerWhiz. Negatives: Slob and Couch Potato.

News Blog: Positive: Bookworm, Brave, Daredevil, Genius, Lucky, Ambitious, ComputerWhiz. Couch Potato is the only negative.

Relationship Transmogrifier
At level 7 Social Networking, your Sim unlocks the Relationship Transmogrifier. This will allow you to set the relationship between any two Sims you know. At first, you can only set friends, acquaintances and disliked, but at level 8 can make Sims into a romantic interest, or even take away their relationship and make them strangers. Level 9 allows you to make Sims enemies or good friends, while tenth level allows Sims to be forced best friends or Partners (boyfriend/girlfriend). This allows for some very interesting social manipulation - other Sims will fear when your Sim whips out the smartphone at a party and starts making everyone hate each other.







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Blu Taiger says...
Whenever I use the relationship transmogrifier, the sims go through the actions of doing it but the relationships remain unchanged and any wishes connected to it go unfulfilled. Any advice?
24th May 2013 5:44pm
McNuggle says...
I did not know about the traits thanks for that!

Could you explain/list what triggers the "Gotta Blog" moodlet for each type of blog? I know a few for personal but what are the ones for the other two?

14th March 2013 9:20pm
Calv says...
This list is by no means exhaustive.
Review Blog:
* Reading books
* Eating out (including picnics)
* Attending entertainment (movie, concert, game, etc)
I'm fairly sure that the Critique action the Avant Garde trait has will work too but haven't tested it yet.

News Blog:
Found it more difficult trigger it for this one.
* Finding any collectibles
* Talking to sims (Never got this one intentionally, so unsure if specific conversation topics trigger it)

18th March 2013 7:38am
simension says...
for the Review Blog its eating in restaurants, some (the expensive ones) of the wellness rabbit, buying books - just make it one at a time and you'll have plenty of topics. I am still looking for news blog topics though.
18th March 2013 4:16pm
Meghan Storey says...
Could you hold onto these Gotta Blog triggers for me? /Le shove

News:
Leveling Skill
Witnessing Death of Sim
Interesting Conversation (Members of the Community)
Collecting Metals/Gems
Collecting Insects
Catching Fish
Finding Repeat News
Evidence of the Supernatural (Grim Reaper, Etc)
Home Security
Juicy Information (Gossip)

27th March 2013 5:37pm
jesyka says...
celebrity sightings, friendships, etc also can trigger for news blogs
2nd April 2013 7:48am
Nathan says...
There can be celebrities in normal sims3? Like without late night expansion
28th April 2013 8:50pm
Mathew says...
No, The Sims Late Night unlocks celebrities for your game once installed, although it my be diffrent in The Sims 4. We'll find out in 2014.
20th May 2013 5:13pm
Cayla says...
My sim began a blog when she went to University, when the term ended and she went home I went to blog and it wasn't there. It said create blog... :( Will it come back when she goes for her 2nd term?
26th December 2013 1:22pm
Golden Bubbles says...
That happened to me. I made the new blog and it pretty kuch just renamed my blog. Same amount of followers and same posts. No harm done. :)
8th January 2014 6:45pm
miki hazel says...
plants are easier to plant than buying them
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23rd June 2014 5:45pm
Defrinsulfide says...
Is it possible to leave a social group?
Admin:
No but you can refrain from doing any activities that would help you maintain the standing.
17th July 2013 3:23pm
clarie says...
Ok so I kno how to get to my phone but how do I get to my blog im lost
17th May 2014 10:29pm
Tayla says...
When I came home from university another sim was added to my household. He wasn't in my household before and he wasn't in the house at university...
17th April 2014 2:51am
EA games - break everything says...
Are the challenges broken? I got both the 30 relationship transmogrifier one and the 25 sim finder one. I get no Excited buff when meeting new sims via the app and no option for changing relationship to BFF in the transmogrifier, not even when trying to use it for two teens or trying to change the status of two existing best friends. Never went to the university world but that should not be an issue.
Admin:
Have you traveled at all? Are the skill challenges actually bolded in the skill journal?
9th August 2013 11:26pm
chaoswolf says...
Could someone tell me if the skill books & classes for this are bugged? I can't find them anywhere! HELP!!!!
Admin:
I just checked my game and they are available to me in my game.   Try restarting the game and clearing your caches.  It may be  your save file, too, so if it doesn't appear when you go back in - start a new game and see if they are available there.

Remember you have to have the University Life expansion for it to work.
5th June 2013 5:09am
Danish says...
My tip to get many followers is just type random 1,2,4 numbers.E.G.:12422142121.Try it,it works!
12th December 2013 4:28am
Mrs Tragic Clown says...
My Sim is getting a message that says she has an offer to buy out the blog Blogging about Social Activism. It's a message not a mood but I can find no option to buy it out when I check?? Anyone?
30th April 2013 5:22pm
Kakini says...
Go to your smart phone pie menu and choose the blog app, then there is a button that looks like a simolian symbol. Click on that to sell your blog.
11th May 2013 9:34pm
Mrs Tragic Clown says...
Thank You!! I don't want to sell it just thought I had a different option. I thought I could buy it out like we do with property. But thank you very much I love your site!
29th June 2013 11:31am
Adrienne says...
Ok, so my Sims have boyfriends at the university. When I shift clicked them to see if they could be added to my household or whatever, I saw that it said that those Sims don't age. Will this affect when they graduate and want to persue a marriage?
21st April 2013 2:06pm
Boe says...
They age normal again once they're added/brought to your household in your home world again. No worries ^^
24th May 2013 5:48am
Amie says...
Great guide! Just wanted to mention you can also get social networking skill increase straight off the bat by doing the Browse the Web and Stream Video options. :-) Stream Video is the most effective, because they'll do it for quite some time for the fun gain.
14th March 2013 9:21pm
Limdood says...
it seems that when you use the sim finder app, the sim will come to wherever you happen to be, not necessarily to your house. I used this interaction at the university library and the person came to the library within about 5-10 (game) minutes to meet me there.
14th March 2013 10:19pm
Vesper says...
It's a real shame that this skill is smart phone only. It would have been great to be able to work on social networking on a PC as well
17th March 2013 12:02pm
n00biito says...
Personal blog: making new friends, kissing another sims, woo-hooing will trigger the gotta blog this option

News Blog: gaining a skill, getting a promotion, passing an exam, studying will trigger the gotta blog this option

21st March 2013 3:39pm
Ashley says...
Is there anything with dropping a phone and breaking it?? I never thought that could happen
23rd March 2013 7:42pm
Wes says...
It just gets a crack in the screen. If you click the phone, there is an option to fix it. It only costs 150 Simoleons and fixes instantly.
25th March 2013 8:31pm
Nicole says...
That happened to me. I had to pay to repair the phone. But my Sim didn't have any Handiness skill, so maybe if she did she could've repaired it herself.
27th March 2013 7:59am
Anon.. says...
I'm curious, how do you break your smart phone lol :p
Admin:
Sims drop them :)
9th May 2013 1:53pm
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