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  • 1. Sumru Kumar, Tommy McCabe, Mike Stramandinoli, Allyson Warren
  • 2. Life as a New Comer
    • It is extremely easy to identify a “newbie” on second life
      • Many experienced users are more than willing to assist a user who appears to be lost or struggling
    • Orientation island is key to learn how to learn the basics of Second Life
    • As more time is spent exploring second life, users gain more in-depth knowledge regarding capabilities and functionality of the site as well as the potential the site holds
  • 3. Life as a New Comer (cont.)
    • Met many people of different cultures and backgrounds
    • One particular example:
      • Played soccer with someone in Mexico and ended up having a conversation in English and Spanish about the World Cup
      • Amazing how Second Life allows you to have conversations such as this one with people you don’t know
  • 4. Hindrances
    • Progress was hindered by computers/internet connections that were too slow to operate Second Life
    • Although the tutorial was extremely helpful, it slowed down the process of actually integrating into the Second Life world
    • Second Life was slow because of the number of users
      • Causes frustration as we had to log off and very little progress was made
    • Lack of money to spend made it difficult to fully integrate into Second Life
  • 5. Helps
    • Information found on the Internet was helpful in discussing potential of the site and helpful uses
    • Orientation Island was particularly useful, although it was hard to leave when you felt like you were ready to leave
    • Socializing with other new comers helped to initially learn the tools of Second Life
    • Advice and assistance from other Second Life users was a vital part in learning more in-depth aspects of Second Life
  • 6. Explorations and Adventures
    • Seeing major companies such as Dell and IBM made Second Life more appealing
    • There were many locations that we found to be politically and socially offensive
    • It was interesting to visit locations that were raising money for charities in real life
    • Randomly exploring allowed us to meet individuals from other social networks
      • This fact adds to the small world getting smaller idea
  • 7. Benefits to using Second Life
    • Social networking opportunities
    • Can be used to escape the pressures of the real world
      • Real identity can be concealed, you can define the identity of your avatar
    • Many large scale companies are beginning to use Second Life
      • Networking for possible job opportunities
      • Opportunities within businesses to hold meetings with people that may be a distance away
  • 8. Platform for Online Community
    • If improvements are made, has the potential to take over other social networking platforms
    • Allows people to connect and look how they want to be perceived
      • shows what some people hide inside rather than Facebook, MySpace, etc. where pictures are displayed and identity is not concealed
      • connects people that could have never connected in the real world because of differences in real life, but their similarities in Second Life connected them in a new way
  • 9. Culture on Second Life
    • Because Second Life is a fairly new world, the culture is still developing
    • We did not find a culture that jumped out because each location in second life really has its own culture as each country in the world has its own culture
    • Depending on where you travel within Second Life culture is different as are the individuals you encounter along your routes
  • 10. Commerce of Second Life
    • Businesses can use Second Life as advertisement for real world products and brands
    • Opportunities for an online business community with virtual reality are endless
    • Because many users are so immersed in Second Life and willing to spend money, many real world businesses can actually sell products and services on Second Life
    • The fact that some companies pay for land in Second Life shows its value as a social networking entity
  • 11. Work on a Cyber Team
    • Working on a cyber team within an academic environment was great as today's business world is global with team members operating in different time zones across the globe
    • Due to the fact that team members were located in different areas, we had to rely on Second Life, email, instant messaging, and cell phones to communicate
      • Relying on these types of technology makes it difficult to work as a cyber group because everyone has a different approach to using this technology
  • 12. Work on a Cyber Team (cont.)
    • With the time constraints of the project, it was difficult to adjust to this kind of working environment so quickly
    • Once the communication was established, all the members of the team had to work hard to ensure the communication was kept
    • With today’s technology, a cyber team has the potential to be more efficient than physically meeting
      • Allows for more individual work on different sections, but it is more difficult to bring all the sections together as a cyber team cannot meet in one physical location to pull everything together
  • 13.  
  • 14. Reuters News Service
    • Facilities allow users to read news feeds for real and second life worlds
    • The auditorium allows users to view presentations and interviews
    • Key information and statistics on Second Life
    • Advertisements for real world products such as the 2008 Acura MDX
  • 15. Ideas for Improvements of Reuters News Service
    • Real time stock ticker across front of building
    • News feed screens on exterior of building
    • Live news cast on screens exterior of building
    • Access to travel and weather conditions
    • User friendly controls for playing presentations and interviews
  • 16.  
  • 17. Book Island
    • This location is actually very interesting it allows visitors to actually purchase books that are available with in the system.
    • There are several “stores” in Book Island those stores carry different books, that can be downloaded and bought
    • This location is a successful and effective use of Second Life, because it brings the virtual world and the real world together.
  • 18. Book Island
    • Going through book Island was fairly simple
    • Book Island has a large number of stores that offers books, each location has a different genre.
    • The Island was pretty empty maybe 2 other avatars present on the Island. Apparently people don’t like to read in the virtual world either.
    • The layout was nice, and not as empty as other Islands, Like Dell Island.
    • There was a book mall, which was two stories and had different types of books. (slide 3, is the view from inside the mall on the second floor)
  • 19. Book Island
  • 20. Book Island
  • 21. Book Island
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  • 23. Blue Fusion Jazz Club
    • A place to socialize, meet, and dance with other people
    • An Art gallery features an avatars work in Second Life
    • A bar and stage for karaoke and music.
  • 24.  
  • 25. Beowulf Island
    • A place to see sneak peaks and trailers for the movie
    • A place to customize your avatar’s clothing with t-shirts featuring the motion picture
    • A theme inspired island for everyone

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