Talk of the Nation just finished airing a story on Second Life (preshow draft). This mass multiplayer online (MMO) environment lets you live a virtual world without the typical MMO violence found in games like World of Warcraft. You can learn more about Second Life, or get a free download here.
Second Life has been touted as a complete immersion, where anything that you can do in the real world can also be experienced there. According to Adam Pasick, the average age for Second Life is about 35 and both men and women are about equal. A seperate, teen version is focused on building creative projects in-game, resulting in 3d design skills and artistic exchange.
Using Second Life to facilitate meetings is a growing activity in the social and professional realm. While some people are out slaying monsters, Second Life users are finding calmer alternatives. Communication Overtones hosts a second life meetup for communications experts. Other groups are doing the same. Public Radio International is even hosting a regular program inside this virtual world: The Infinite Mind is made in real time inside Second Life. Susanne Vega and Duran Duran have both held concerts in this virtual realm, and more are scheduled.
Anyone out there on Second Life?