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


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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. via Pocket
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The Digital Ruins of a Forgotten Future 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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june 2018 by jt.http
Amazing that this still exists -- and thrives in its own way.
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december 2017 by jntolva
To me, posing illuminates both the appeal and the limits of family role-play on Second Life: It can be endlessly sculpted into something idyllic, but it can never be sculpted into something that you have not purposely sculpted.
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december 2017 by oncomouse
The number of Second Life users peaked just as Facebook started to explode. The rise of Facebook wasn’t the problem of a competing brand so much as the problem of a competing model: It seemed that people wanted a curated version of real life more than they wanted another life entirely—that they wanted to become their most flattering profile picture more than they wanted to become a wholly separate avatar.
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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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december 2017 by gmisra
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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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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november 2017 by therourke
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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. via Pocket
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november 2017 by bschlagel
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. via Pocket
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november 2017 by kkahnharris
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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november 2017 by mikael
RT : The Digital Ruins of a Forgotten Future: A new essay by Leslie Jamison at
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november 2017 by LibrariesVal
“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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november 2017 by edsonm
"if Second Life promised a future in which people would spend hours each day inhabiting…
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november 2017 by grantpotter
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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november 2017 by evrenk
Second Life's continuing appeal for those who can't fully experience the physical world:
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november 2017 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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november 2017 by dancall
Gidge Uriza lives in an elegant wooden house with large glass windows overlooking a glittering creek, fringed by weeping willows and meadows twinkling with…
november 2017 by jkleske
Second Life: The Digital Ruins of a Forgotten Future
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november 2017 by Reneelloyd
RT : Such a thoughtful article in the Atlantic about Second Life - many great things to ponder about virtual worlds.
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november 2017 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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november 2017 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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november 2017 by alexpo
In the first episode of The Atlantic Interview , Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie talks with Jeffrey Goldberg and Ta-Nehisi Coates about race and identity. Listen and…
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In the first episode of The Atlantic Interview , Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie talks with Jeffrey Goldberg and Ta-Nehisi Coates about race and identity. Listen and…
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november 2017 by rdr
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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november 2017 by charlesarthur
"The Digital Ruins Of A Forgotten Future"
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november 2017 by peterjblack
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november 2017 by ciocci
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november 2017 by karsh
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november 2017 by Nomad93
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november 2017 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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november 2017 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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november 2017 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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november 2017 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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november 2017 by nathanen
RT : Second Life Still Has 600k Users
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november 2017 by DocDre
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november 2017 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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