New Survey: How much do you mix your real life with your Second Life?

Recently, I participated in a Plurk discussion where people debated the merits of sharing their real life identity (from images to real names) with other Second Life residents. I heard many arguments against this idea, and several arguments in its favour. Unsatisfied, I want to know what Second Life residents actually do, and what they think, about this very interesting question.

Where do we go next?

Want to know how the wider virtual worlds landscape is developing? I urge you to read this article published yesterday in Re/Code, to get an overview of the key players shaping the metaverse today: Linden Lab, High Fidelity, and AltspaceVR. The article also addresses Facebook, and of course Oculus VR, and includes excerpts from interviews with Palmer Luckey, Ebbe […]

What does your Second Life profile say about you?

Like nearly everything else I do, I created my Second Life profile with a goal in mind. I have a ‘target market’. I’ve crafted my profile to appeal to people who like to do and talk about the things we might be mutually interested in. It works. My profile acts as ‘chat-bait’, and strangers will often start conversations with: “You […]

A new model for how we experience ourselves and each other in a virtual world

How we see the world tends to influence how we behave in it. In this post, I propose a new model for understanding how we present ourselves and experience each other in virtual worlds. To do so, I discuss the earlier models others have put forth, argue why they are lacking, and finish by illustrating […]

What would you do if Second Life disappeared overnight?

Try a thought experiment with me. Imagine, for whatever reason, that you woke up today to find that Second Life had simply ceased. What would you do with your time? What might you return to? What might you try that’s new? How else would you get what you now get from Second Life? A group of people tried to […]

Should we worry that outsiders associate Second Life with adult content? Google says: No, because they don’t

Understandably, long-term residents that invest time, energy, money & hopes into the Second Life platform don’t like it when the media associate Second Life with negativity or fringe interests that might misrepresent how they see the virtual world. Our umbrage escalates to outrage, when this negativity – and the misconceptions that breed it – are seemingly perpetuated (and some might […]

3 trends from a year of polls of the Second Life mesh body race

Mesh body polls show mesh body adoption is increasing and showing no signs of slowing down, four brands are dominating the mesh body marketplace, and we’re slowly seeing a blurry picture becoming clear as to who the winner in that group of 4 brands might be.