My first reaction to Second Life was very typical. I thought it was yet another massively addictive virtual reality. I might have to revise that. Second Life is addictive, Google Trends shows interest in Second Life is climbing sharply. But Second Life is more than that. Corporates are beginning to take Second Life seriously and are planning applications and products to capitalize on the time folks are spending in this new virtual world.
The Reuters Second Life News Center reports several developer and design shops are taking an active interest in working on Second Life.
IBM is aiming to use Second Life as a platform for V-Business (a fancier word for VR E-Commerce?).
I paid my first visit to the Second Life world today. I had heard of the Dell Island and that is where I headed first. There I could sit down and design my own Dell. According to this article on ZDNet, I could order a PC for my real life in exchange for real dollars, or design a virtual PC for use in my Second Life in exchange for Linden Dollars. Unfortunately, I could not begin my design due to network connection issues.
Now the question is – can I get a job in my Second Life before I can purchase my virtual PC :)? I would need one since the Rupee to Linden Dollar conversion seems prohibitive. What is a Linden by the way? Apparently, the currency and other things are named after Philip Linden, CEO of Linden Labs and creator of Second Life.
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