What's wrong with First Life?
The program now has 7.2 million members, more people than Israel, Ireland, or Singapore. According to their web site, people spent $1.7 million there yesterday.
The program is a downloadable client, and it doesn't work on either my desktop or my laptop. But seriously, what's the big deal? Why is this thing so popular?
My favorite SecondLife story is this. In the last French presidential elections, each of the political parties set up a virtual headquarters in SecondLife, including the far-right National Front party of Jean-Marie Le Pen. The far-right SecondLife virtual party headquarters attracted virtual protesters - and the protests quickly turned virtually violent. Why not just have a real protest in front of the real headquarters?
Why is SecondLife so popular? Sociologists and computer addicts, any theories?