Saturday, December 9

Second Life

This you gotta see!

Want to start again without life's accumulated baggage?

Try Second Life

If you haven't heard about it, you soon will. It's a parallel universe and these guys are serious.

I have been with my nose pressed up against the SL glass for a while now. Recently, I decided to pay a visit.

When I got there, there were 16,005 residents online out of a total SL population of 1.855 million, that's 1.855m real SL people! That's bigger than New Zealand's largest city!

And get this, in the last 24 hours they had spent US$655,107.00. Yeah, actually spent! Yeah, actual dollars!

Here's the thing, people are starting businesses in SL. Take a look here or here where this guy trades SL cars.

This guy sells SL apartments. So, let me get this, that means people pay money for land that doesn't exist?

One SL property magnate who makes about $150,000 a year in SL says "You've got to see it. Watch this video and after you take your chin off the floor, come on in."

So, here's the official line;

Second Life is a 3-D virtual world entirely built and owned by its residents.

Since opening to the public in 2003, it has grown explosively and today is inhabited by a total of 1,855,135 people from around the globe.

From the moment you enter the World you'll discover a vast digital continent, teeming with people, entertainment, experiences and opportunity. Once you've explored a bit, perhaps you'll find a perfect parcel of land to build your house or business.

You'll also be surrounded by the Creations of your fellow residents. Because residents retain the rights to their digital creations, they can buy, sell and trade with other residents.

The Marketplace currently supports millions of US dollars in monthly transactions. This commerce is handled with the in-world currency, the Linden dollar, which can be converted to US dollars at several thriving online currency exchanges.

I dare you, be the first to open a SL mediation practice... go on it'll be fun.

In fact, let's form a global firm, open an SL office and call it something corny like Second Life Solutions and all work there. This is the beach front in SL and there is office space for rent with a wonderful view!

If conflict is everywhere - why not in Second Life?

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