Second Life

I have been hearing a lot about secondlife, and I finally decided to research some up. For beginners, the articles in Businessweek and Wired would provide a credible source of information.

Briefly, secondlife is a virtual world with a real economy. People can buy land, build houses, offer services and so on. And the currency in the virtual world can be used in real world. So there are people who are making real moolah by offering services or trading in secondlife. At first it sounded crazy to me, but people are spending there and thats the reality.

This obviously has interesting (and perhaps at this point, unfathomed) implications. There is a claim that there is $410m worth of creative effort happening inside secondlife every year — that can add up quickly. Where does the economic benefit that people can reap in a virtual world start overtaking that in the real world — in some sense, the virtual economy starts competing for talent with real economy — especially with all the low cost of labour we have in India! Go imagine.

Tactically, I think this is one good way for some social networking sites to offer something compelling — provide social networking in context of virtual worlds that to an extent, map real places and buildings and people — of course, much less heavy in terms of computing and bandwidth requirements.

Btw, I am on secondlife now, and I am called Alok Blackmountain there :) They dont have Mittals!

20 Responses to “Second Life”

  1. Devnath says:

    Last 8 month I used Secondlife Its Fast and Easy in 3G services. their is no Legging WOrld and U can Hear Most Beautiful Sounds and Music. By…….

  2. DhavalC says:

    hi i have been on secondlife for about 6 months now i have good wrok exp there as a Dj,Host,Sales Etc it is a fun game my id there is Dhaval Marville . Hope more indians join in .

  3. Khandita Devi says:

    Second Life is really cool if you have the bandwidth. I am living in the U.S. and have cable broadband, and have no problems navigating around. You can even buy different Indian clothes, put them on your “Avatar” for a tiny minimal cost (around $1.50) so other Indians can identify you if you want. I only wish there were more Indians there, as it is a great place to meet people, share ideas, sell/buy things, etc. I even visited a Ganesh temple!

  4. yusha says:

    Hi all. secondlife is the most amazing thing I have been experiancing thisdays. its really amazing to be. the onl;y problem for us indians is the internet connection. we really dont have any good ISP in india which can be called a true broadband. Airtel is ok but they are not present in many places in delhi. mtnl and the rest … dont even thing of them. try it people. and enjoy

  5. Tina says:

    Second life rocks, its different and a strange strange world. its scary, and its very fresh. much better then other mmorpg games.

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