Failures

by Carlo Longino


Filed Under:
reporting, second life

Companies:
linden lab, reuters



Reuters Bails On Second Life After Figuring Out It's Really Not That Interesting

from the if-a-tree-falls-in-a-forest... dept

One of the sillier attempts by businesses to look cool by setting up shop in Second Life was that of Reuters, which assigned a reporter to hang out in the virtual world full-time and report on it as if it were any other economy. While we noted at the time there might be some interesting stories in Second Life, that seemed to be taking a back seat to the publicity value of the stunt. It was surprising to learn that the Reuters reporter was still there until recently, when he finally gave up the beat, calling it "about as fun as watching paint dry." With 9 out of 10 efforts by businesses going into Second Life ending in failure, perhaps there wasn't much for a business reporter to cover any longer. For what it's worth, the reporter says Linden Labs should give up on the idea that Second Life is a business application -- not because of its shaky in-game economics, or because there's no value for there for most businesses, but because of technical problems. While those may be easier to solve for the company, they pale in comparison to the sheer pointlessness of real-world businesses establishing themselves in Second Life.

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    PhilD, 25 Nov 2008 @ 11:54pm

    If he couldn't find the sturm and drang he was looking in all the wrong places.

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