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By: Denis Hancock

Thu, 11 Oct 2007 16:50:52 +0000

One of the problems with Second Life has always been it's a bit intimidating/ time consuming/ etc. for a new user to figure out. You really, really have to be into it to get value -and many people just aren't that into it. But I could envision a scenario where virtual worlds and identities keep becoming simpler, easier to use, and more interesting... perhaps leading to a tipping point of adoption? I bet tying it to a facebook application in some way would help.

By: Dan Herman

Thu, 11 Oct 2007 14:12:48 +0000

While I'm not against the hype that Second Life gets (including much from New Paradigm), I can't help but point out Clay Shirky's article from about a year ago that points out some of the gaps between hype and reality. Now perhaps the IBM/SL hook-up and creation of a transnational avatar will help overcome some of the gaps Shirky's highlights such as the difference between user driven adoption and innovation persus corporate/top-down. It all makes for an interesting debate regarding long-term value.