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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.

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.

Share Tips and FAQs (15)

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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
Defrinsulfide says...
Is it possible to leave a social group?
No but you can refrain from doing any activities that would help you maintain the standing.
17th July 2013 3:23pm
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
miki hazel says...
plants are easier to plant than buying them
23rd June 2014 5:45pm
Rachel says...
Can children learn this skill?
5th September 2015 10:07pm
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
Katharin says...
I can't figure out the relationship transmitter thing. There isn't a choice to comfirm it or not. I've hit enter but it doesn't work. Help!
2nd July 2014 1:44pm
Dani says...
I ran into that problem when I was trying to make some friends for my Sim. If you're trying to make your Sim friends with someone, then just choose one of the other options and the Confirm button should appear. Then just select the choice you wanted and it should work. Hope this helps!
24th August 2015 7:38pm
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
Dunnodona says...
It should be notified that how the sim finder actually works: the finder will search residents and townies who fit the requirement first. If all else failed, it will generate an "out-of-towner" for you. Because the targeted sim is an "out-of-towner", he or she will not possess any hidden trait like "French Culture" or "Chinese Culture". So no dream date in foreign lands for you! (I have tested this many times and now I feel very frustrated.)
1st August 2013 5:40pm
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.
Have you traveled at all? Are the skill challenges actually bolded in the skill journal?
9th August 2013 11:26pm
EA games - break everything says...
I've been to Egypt and China so far. I reloaded another older save and again it is bugged. It's easy to spam sim meeter app and use the transmogrifier on them to complete the challenges. I noticed that I got no congratulation jingle or a notification that I've completed the challenges. Same happened for both challenges. Yet they appear in the Skill Journal as completed (black and bold text like normally) and the count for the sim finder challenge Professional Greeter was over 25. I think I'm putting the Social Networking challenges on hold and saving them for last. I am resetting the skill by unlearning it via a mod since I have too many other skills and challenges mastered to remake my main sim. Maybe that will help. I just want one sim with every skill and challenge mastered (collections and recipies complete as well) and the actual bonuses that come with those working, a "super sim".
10th August 2013 12:29pm
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
chaoswolf says...
Could someone tell me if the skill books & classes for this are bugged? I can't find them anywhere! HELP!!!!
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
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