CNN’s report on Second Life is clipped below. The fastest growing “virtual world” has more than 8.5 million users (and counting) while the daily cash traffic is around 1.5 million US dollars. Despite the disadvantages of the summer season and some technical problems about maintenance and scalability, Second Life keeps on growing every day. This autumn, a new “boom” is expected with “voice enabled” SIMs and new “sculpty prims” technology.

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Virtual worlds: The next Facebook?

LONDON, England (CNN) — It’s 2020. You get home from work, kick off your shoes and relax — on your very own tropical island. That night, your friends teleport over with other glamorous guests, all nipped, tucked and primped to perfection, for a hedonistic cocktail party at your five-star beach house, decked out in expensively understated chrome, crystal and fine Italian furniture.

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But this is no billionaire way of life. If virtual worlds become the next Facebook phenomenon, experts predict that logging on to a luxury lifestyle could be attainable for all of us — and we might even spend more money on our online homes than on our real-life surroundings.
Interaction on Facebook, MySpace and other social networking sites is mainly limited to text, with the ability for users to add photos and video. But in a virtual world, people are represented by avatars: computer-generated figures which can look uncannily like ourselves — if we choose.

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