Second Life Still Has 600,000 Regular Users - The Atlantic


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"if Second Life promised a future in which people would spend hours each day inhabiting…
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Second Life's continuing appeal for those who can't fully experience the physical world:
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4 days ago by ethanz
Many observers expected monthly user numbers to keep rising after they hit 1 million in 2007, but instead they peaked—and have, in the years since, stalled at about 800,000. An estimated 20 to 30 percent are first-time users who never return. Just a few years after declaring Second Life the future of the internet, the tech world moved on. As a 2011 piece in Slate proclaimed, joining a chorus of disenchantment: “Looking back, the future didn’t last long.”
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Second Life: The Digital Ruins of a Forgotten Future
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RT : Such a thoughtful article in the Atlantic about Second Life - many great things to ponder about virtual worlds.
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5 days ago by mathewi
Gidge Uriza lives in an elegant wooden house with large glass windows overlooking a glittering creek, fringed by weeping willows and meadows twinkling with…
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5 days ago by fritter
Second Life, הפלטפורמה שהוכתרה פעם בתור העתיד של האינטרנט, סבלה מדילול אוכולוסיה כשכולם העדיפו לייפות את החיים האמיתיים שלהם בפייסבוק במקום להנדס דמות וירוטאלית - ונשארה רק עם 600 אלף משתמשים. אז מה בעצם הסיפור שלהם?
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Au told me that initially he was deeply excited by the premise of Second Life, particularly the possibilities of its user-generated content, but that most people turned out to be less interested in exercising the limits of their creative potential than in becoming consumers of a young, sexy, rich world, clubbing like 20-somethings with infinite money. Rosedale told me he thought the landscape of Second Life would be hyper-fantastic, artistic and insane, full of spaceships and bizarre topographies, but what ended up emerging looked more like Malibu.
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5 days ago by madamim
Leslie Jamison:
<p>Gidge Uriza lives in an elegant wooden house with large glass windows overlooking a glittering creek, fringed by weeping willows and meadows twinkling with fireflies. She keeps buying new swimming pools because she keeps falling in love with different ones. The current specimen is a teal lozenge with a waterfall cascading from its archway of stones. Gidge spends her days lounging in a swimsuit on her poolside patio, or else tucked under a lacy comforter, wearing nothing but a bra and bathrobe, with a chocolate-glazed donut perched on the pile of books beside her. “Good morning girls,” she writes on her blog one day. “I’m slow moving, trying to get out of bed this morning, but when I’m surrounded by my pretty pink bed it’s difficult to get out and away like I should.”

In another life, the one most people would call “real,” Gidge Uriza is Bridgette McNeal, an Atlanta mother who works eight-hour days at a call center and is raising a 14-year-old son, a 7-year-old daughter, and severely autistic twins, now 13. Her days are full of the selflessness and endless mundanity of raising children with special needs: giving her twins baths after they have soiled themselves (they still wear diapers, and most likely always will), baking applesauce bread with one to calm him down after a tantrum, asking the other to stop playing “the Barney theme song slowed down to sound like some demonic dirge.” One day, she takes all four kids to a nature center for an idyllic afternoon that gets interrupted by the reality of changing an adolescent’s diaper in a musty bathroom.

But each morning, before all that—before getting the kids ready for school and putting in eight hours at the call center, before getting dinner on the table or keeping peace during the meal, before giving baths and collapsing into bed—Bridgette spends an hour and a half on the online platform Second Life, where she lives in a sleek paradise of her own devising.</p>


Second Life still has 600,000 regular users.
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6 days ago by charlesarthur
"The Digital Ruins Of A Forgotten Future"
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7 days ago by granth
The Digital Ruins of a Forgotten Future #sociocose https://t.co/nzust3g8y0
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7 days ago by ciocci
What Happened to Second Life?
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The Digital Ruins of a Forgotten Future (second life)
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The Digital Ruins of a Forgotten Future
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The Digital Ruins of a Forgotten Future
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7 days ago by lou31
Gidge Uriza lives in an elegant wooden house with large glass windows overlooking a glittering creek, fringed by weeping willows and meadows twinkling with…
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7 days ago by johnrclark
Second Life was supposed to be the future of the internet, but then Facebook came along. Yet many people still spend hours each day inhabiting this virtual realm. Their stories—and the world they’ve built—illuminate the promise and limitations of online life.
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8 days ago by terry
RT : The Digital Ruins of a Forgotten Future Second Life was to be future of the internet, but then Facebook came along.
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8 days ago by AramZS
Second Life was supposed to be the future of the internet, but then Facebook came along. Yet many people still spend hours each day inhabiting this virtual realm. Their stories—and the world they’ve built—illuminate the promise and limitations of online life.
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8 days ago by nathanen
RT : Second Life Still Has 600k Users
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The Digital Ruins of a Forgotten Future
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8 days ago by thebestsophist
Second Life was supposed to be the future of the internet, but then Facebook came along. Yet many people still spend hours each day inhabiting this virtual realm. Their stories—and the world they’ve built—illuminate the promise and limitations of online life.
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