Second Life, the 3-D Internet and You

SLHere’s a very long Fortune piece on avatar community Second Life. It’s an interesting read because it discusses the way that 3-D “metaverses” may represent the next generation of the Internet. IBM is very bullish on this.

Second Life combines elements of eBay (as businesses start to grow within it) and social networking.

Over time, Second Life may become a huge phenomenon (unlikely) or it may point the way to some more mainstream version of 3-D Internet, especially on your TV (more likely).

Whether you think 3-D is simply novelty or something more, one thing is very clear: the Internet is moving from being a pure text medium to a rich visual medium.

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The BBC is building a SecondLife-like site for UK children.


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