…more a mashup of a collaborative Web 2.0 platform with SimCity and e-business components in a 3D environment. The virtual community has currently more then 4.5 Mio members, which Second Life calls “residents”. You can sign up for free, choose a name and an avatar (a virtual character) and walk and interact in this world. Second Life’s virtual currency is the Linden Dollar (Linden, or L$) and is exchangeable for US Dollars in a marketplace consisting of residents, Linden Lab and real life companies (more on Wikipedia).
For more details please check out Mario’s Virtual Worlds: Breakfast with Second Life’s CTO Cory Ondrejka Now I’m still relatively new to navigating and moving around in Second Life although I did try it several times in the past, so here’s a small story of my evening… I dropped off the team call to realize I was already a few minutes behind so I rushed over to my desktop PC, my home monster machine and loaded up Second Life and logged in. I quickly added “Sebastian Otaared” to my friend list so I could easily find where everyone was – jumped into my map did a search and then teleported to the conference center. I took a seat and looked around and found several of the other SAPlers there and waiting as well, pressed the play button and was blown away by the amazing quality of the presentation and more by the great quality of the audio stream! After hearing from Pixelpark and Sebastian and their experiences with Second Life and their work with the conference center they built we went over to a small conference room to have a chat… It was a great chat with a lot of positive feedback and ideas, we may not have been as cool as this but we did have one guy in there with a custom made t-shirt (I know I can’t seem to avoid them) Photo is a bit fuzzy but that is an SAP logo, I need to figure out how to modify my shirts in there so I can wear my cool “SDN CREW” shirt 🙂 So what is all this talk about SAP and SDN and Second Life? Well for one it’s a very interesting platform that has not been fully pushed to it’s limits yet and since we like to do that and we love to see this community do that we decided to take a closer look to see what possibilities are there (if any) and investigate a bit more… Anyone already using SL you can find me there with the name “Craigster Hax”.