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Second Life - a second life in a virtual world

review by ClifNotes, Aug 2006, Permalink

 

Second Life is a 3D virtual world that has about 400,000 residents. I happened across it one day while reading a newsletter at KurzweilAI.net. I have tried other virtual world services before, but this one seems to be one of the most polished. It reminds me very much of There.com or Active Worlds.

 

The service is free, but you will find that you are urged to pay for premium services and other virtual world objects and services. You can own land but it's not free, but that's just as true in real life.

 

I found the service to be fairly easy to use. You can create your own customised avatar (your virtual body). You can also create virtual objects that you own and can sell for virtual money. The chat interface for talking with other people at Second Life, seemed a little difficult to use, but I may not have been using it's full set of features. You can save a buddy list and also bookmark locations for visiting again later.

 

I liked the service very much, but I'm not a big fan of social gatherings, so I'll only be back for special events. If you like online social services, this is one you might find yourself getting into. It can be like a pool of quicksand, easy to get into, but hard to leave.

 

http://secondlife.com/

 

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Quote from the website:

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 399,441 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.

 


 

 

Visiting Uvvy Island before the conference

by ClifNotes, Aug 16

 

I took this snapshot of me sitting on the Uvvy Ball on Uvvy Island.

 

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I wanted to check out Uvvy Island before the big conference tomorrow. I scouted around and saw almost the entire Island. It's pretty cool, but I'm a newbie here and I could spend hours in a small place and still not have any idea what's going on.

 

I tried to make my avatar look as much like me as I could.

 


 

PBwiki is host to the Secret Mountain Laboratory

by ClifNotes, Jan 2007

 

Since late last year, I've been inactive in Second Life. That's not unusual for me. I often try the flavor of the day and then lose my taste for it by the next week.

 

I'm writing this week to welcome a new wiki here at PBwiki. This is the Secret Mountain Laboratory and is an actual place in Second Life, from what I understand.

 

Welcome to SML. I hope you enjoy your wiki nearly as much as you do Second Life.

 

http://secretmountainlaboratory.pbwiki.com/