Decided to jump into Second Life today and was really interesting. Second Life is a virtual world created by Linden Labs with 11 million worldwide users inside and growing at a rapid rate. For reference, 17 million play world of warcraft. The concept is that you can create a virtual identity and live in a virtual world. You can explore, meet new or old friends, customize your look and stay up all day and night if you like as no one sleeps in second life. Today, I choose my user name and installed the local client on my laptop. Everything went smooth and really have no idea yet what I am doing in the virtual world.
I spent time flying (yes you can fly or walk) around the virtual world and talking with random people in both voice and chat. One person asked me if I spoke German and another commented on the lemonade at my table as yummy. I came across 10 guys that seemed to be hanging out together and chatting in voice to each other as if they were in the real world.
It was an amazing journey through various islands and for some reason could not control my arms correctly. Also, because I was drinking my lemonade i was doing this drinking move and had no idea how to stop it. While inside you see people standing around working on appearances and is something that must be part of the learning process.
I am in Second Life since I recently heard an excellent talk from Internet Retailer 2008 (Head of marketing for Crown Plaza / Intercontinental, etc.) on Second Life and the impact of virtual branding by hotels, car companies, beverage companies and more. Brands include; Nissan, BMW, Dell, Weather Channel, CNN, Reuters, IBM, Crowne Plaza / Intercontinental Hotels. Apparently, 150 major brands are in this world and growing.
Interesting thing happened…
A married man in the real world signed up for a virtual Second Life Account and meets a girl in Second Life. He decides to have a wedding in Second Life and has a house and more in the virtual world. Question – is he cheating?
As an Internet marketer the trend is growing and was time to jump in! To sign up for a free account at Second Life click here and I can earn some points I believe. Thank you as I have no money in the virtual world and if i want to be a regular resident need to start somewhere!
This was a cool house I came across today: (you can take pictures too)