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Site features birthday parties, dog walks, home tours

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Go ahead -- take a virtual tour of Aunt Crystal's birthday party, complete with a hand-drawn map of the table and seating arrangement, and photos of the celebrants, the cake and a sleeping cat. Or take a walk with Charlie, a "slightly overweight Corgi," on a virtual tour past some "magical old trees" and Mr. Hitchens' house. Another tour features a trip from the New York City subway to Teany, a Lower East Side tea shop owned by musician Moby. These are a sampling of the content at, a Web site that functions like YouTube for virtual tours, and offers free tools to create, share and comment on the tours. Enhanced tools are available for those who want to build more professional virtual tours -- a $39 per year subscription allows larger virtual tours that can be edited at any time and embedded into a personal Web site. In addition to the personal tours content, the site also features more traditional virtual tours of for-sale homes. Users can supply their own tour maps and t...