A few Second Life Tidbits

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Alexandra Samuel from Social Signals starts off 2007 with several announcements related to Second Life - the addition of a virtual worlds manager and an Open house in Second Life later on today. There is also a post titled " Seven Reasons Why You Should Consider Second Life. The first post , prompted much discussion amongst librarians and educator using Second Life and as well as disagreement from some in the business press.)

US Congress in Second Life!

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Photo from article by Adam Reuters, Reuters Second Life Bureau and used with permission. This morning I came across a blog by Adam Reuters summarizing the two other blog posts I pointed to the other day on the topic of " Gauging Second Life Hype Cycle" (BTW, according to the article, a spokeswoman for Gartner said that the firm has not officially assigned Second Life a position on its Hype Cycle, but is examining the issue.).

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Technology Hype Cycle from Gartner

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and other technologies such as Second Life follows a well established pattern identified by Gartner analysts called " hype cycles " The description is below and this visual showing the hype cycle for consumer technologies. The technology becomes increasingly stable and evolves in second and third generations. cc "BY" license Photo by Cosmic Spanner What we're witnessing with the hype and anti-hype or schmype swirling around Web2.0

From Gartner: Five Laws for Exploring Virtual Worlds

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Hat tip to Jay Moonah for the pointer to this Gartner article about virtual worlds. second life, ??? but not necessarily in Second Life, according to Gartner, Inc. Gartner's five laws for exploring virtual worlds at the enterprise level. Second Law: Behind every avatar is a real person Third Law: Be relevant and add value. Check out the Nonprofits and Second Life Wiki and Blog for information about the nonprofit side

Virtual Platforms for Good: Empowering Individuals

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I wanted to highlight a couple of observations that Lucy Bernholz makes in her analysis of yesterday's discussion about philanthropy in Second Life by the MacArthur Foundation. I hope the Foundation and its partners are successful in achieving their goals: listening to new s, providing means for isolated groups to get together, offering support for creative solutions "in world" that might transfer to "real life." Nonprofits in Second Life Blog coverage.