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Second Life Presentation

  1. 1. Sumru Kumar, Tommy McCabe, Mike Stramandinoli, Allyson Warren
  2. 2. Life as a New Comer <ul><li>It is extremely easy to identify a “newbie” on second life </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Many experienced users are more than willing to assist a user who appears to be lost or struggling </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Orientation island is key to learn how to learn the basics of Second Life </li></ul><ul><li>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 </li></ul>
  3. 3. Life as a New Comer (cont.) <ul><li>Met many people of different cultures and backgrounds </li></ul><ul><li>One particular example: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Played soccer with someone in Mexico and ended up having a conversation in English and Spanish about the World Cup </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Amazing how Second Life allows you to have conversations such as this one with people you don’t know </li></ul></ul>
  4. 4. Hindrances <ul><li>Progress was hindered by computers/internet connections that were too slow to operate Second Life </li></ul><ul><li>Although the tutorial was extremely helpful, it slowed down the process of actually integrating into the Second Life world </li></ul><ul><li>Second Life was slow because of the number of users </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Causes frustration as we had to log off and very little progress was made </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Lack of money to spend made it difficult to fully integrate into Second Life </li></ul>
  5. 5. Helps <ul><li>Information found on the Internet was helpful in discussing potential of the site and helpful uses </li></ul><ul><li>Orientation Island was particularly useful, although it was hard to leave when you felt like you were ready to leave </li></ul><ul><li>Socializing with other new comers helped to initially learn the tools of Second Life </li></ul><ul><li>Advice and assistance from other Second Life users was a vital part in learning more in-depth aspects of Second Life </li></ul>
  6. 6. Explorations and Adventures <ul><li>Seeing major companies such as Dell and IBM made Second Life more appealing </li></ul><ul><li>There were many locations that we found to be politically and socially offensive </li></ul><ul><li>It was interesting to visit locations that were raising money for charities in real life </li></ul><ul><li>Randomly exploring allowed us to meet individuals from other social networks </li></ul><ul><ul><li>This fact adds to the small world getting smaller idea </li></ul></ul>
  7. 7. Benefits to using Second Life <ul><li>Social networking opportunities </li></ul><ul><li>Can be used to escape the pressures of the real world </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Real identity can be concealed, you can define the identity of your avatar </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Many large scale companies are beginning to use Second Life </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Networking for possible job opportunities </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Opportunities within businesses to hold meetings with people that may be a distance away </li></ul></ul>
  8. 8. Platform for Online Community <ul><li>If improvements are made, has the potential to take over other social networking platforms </li></ul><ul><li>Allows people to connect and look how they want to be perceived </li></ul><ul><ul><li>shows what some people hide inside rather than Facebook, MySpace, etc. where pictures are displayed and identity is not concealed </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>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 </li></ul></ul>
  9. 9. Culture on Second Life <ul><li>Because Second Life is a fairly new world, the culture is still developing </li></ul><ul><li>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 </li></ul><ul><li>Depending on where you travel within Second Life culture is different as are the individuals you encounter along your routes </li></ul>
  10. 10. Commerce of Second Life <ul><li>Businesses can use Second Life as advertisement for real world products and brands </li></ul><ul><li>Opportunities for an online business community with virtual reality are endless </li></ul><ul><li>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 </li></ul><ul><li>The fact that some companies pay for land in Second Life shows its value as a social networking entity </li></ul>
  11. 11. Work on a Cyber Team <ul><li>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 </li></ul><ul><li>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 </li></ul><ul><ul><li>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 </li></ul></ul>
  12. 12. Work on a Cyber Team (cont.) <ul><li>With the time constraints of the project, it was difficult to adjust to this kind of working environment so quickly </li></ul><ul><li>Once the communication was established, all the members of the team had to work hard to ensure the communication was kept </li></ul><ul><li>With today’s technology, a cyber team has the potential to be more efficient than physically meeting </li></ul><ul><ul><li>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 </li></ul></ul>
  13. 14. Reuters News Service <ul><li>Facilities allow users to read news feeds for real and second life worlds </li></ul><ul><li>The auditorium allows users to view presentations and interviews </li></ul><ul><li>Key information and statistics on Second Life </li></ul><ul><li>Advertisements for real world products such as the 2008 Acura MDX </li></ul>
  14. 15. Ideas for Improvements of Reuters News Service <ul><li>Real time stock ticker across front of building </li></ul><ul><li>News feed screens on exterior of building </li></ul><ul><li>Live news cast on screens exterior of building </li></ul><ul><li>Access to travel and weather conditions </li></ul><ul><li>User friendly controls for playing presentations and interviews </li></ul>
  15. 17. Book Island <ul><li>This location is actually very interesting it allows visitors to actually purchase books that are available with in the system. </li></ul><ul><li>There are several “stores” in Book Island those stores carry different books, that can be downloaded and bought </li></ul><ul><li>This location is a successful and effective use of Second Life, because it brings the virtual world and the real world together. </li></ul>
  16. 18. Book Island <ul><li>Going through book Island was fairly simple </li></ul><ul><li>Book Island has a large number of stores that offers books, each location has a different genre. </li></ul><ul><li>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. </li></ul><ul><li>The layout was nice, and not as empty as other Islands, Like Dell Island. </li></ul><ul><li>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) </li></ul>
  17. 19. Book Island
  18. 20. Book Island
  19. 21. Book Island
  20. 23. Blue Fusion Jazz Club <ul><li>A place to socialize, meet, and dance with other people </li></ul><ul><li>An Art gallery features an avatars work in Second Life </li></ul><ul><li>A bar and stage for karaoke and music. </li></ul>
  21. 25. Beowulf Island <ul><li>A place to see sneak peaks and trailers for the movie </li></ul><ul><li>A place to customize your avatar’s clothing with t-shirts featuring the motion picture </li></ul><ul><li>A theme inspired island for everyone </li></ul>

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