What is an avatar?
An avatar is referred to as a representation of
the user in cyberspace.
It improves social presence in SL
Avatars can be agents, static or 3D
SL allows you to truly customize avatars
What is an agent?
Earlier forms of modern avatars were referred
to as the “PERSONAL AGENT” and the
“INTELLIGENT AGENT” (Johnson, 1997)
“Agent” stands for avatar.
Personal Agent s
Personal agents : fetches data and returns the
value in the form of something users can
I nt el l i gent Agent s
Intelligent agents: are designed to monitor
your everyday progress and assist.
Ref erri ng t o agent s
Johnson says this about avatars:
Instead of space, those zeros and ones are
organized into something closer to an
individual, with temperament, and physical
appearance. (Johnson, 1997)
St at i c Avat ars
Avatars can be static images:
These types of images can be used in forums,
instant message, or blogs.
They represent users personality and interest.
SL Avat ars
SL Avatars are 3D and Advanced:
SL allows users to create “look alike” avatars
These avatars are more controllable and
New Faces i n Cyberspace
Real life to Second life
Soci al Presence Theory
Social Presence is: the process by which
someone comes to know and think about
other people’s characteristics and qualities.
As a result the presence leads to a better
Soci al Presence i n act i on
wi t h SL
SL provides the ability to communicate with a
sense of proximity and tangibility that is
accepted in the virtual world.
SL can enhance the class room interaction
SL can help college admissions offices relate
to prospective students
SL can be used with employers for job
Sai nt Leo Uni versi t y i n
Saint Leo University contains an
informational video on their virtual campus.
The video discusses Online Learning for
Fi rst Li f e / Second
Li f e Bringing the first life into Second Life and
Avatars help us transform
Video clip key points: Loading Program / Residual Self Image / Mental Projection of
your digital self / What is real?
FromAvat ars t o
CNN broadcasted their first interviews using
Will holograms transform the way we interact
Maybe we will be able to participate in SL as
ourselves instead of using avatars…
Looki ng Forward
Second Life has truly redefined the way
avatars can be used in the virtual world
A true sense of community can be achieved
SL has a bright future with new technology