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Second Life is King of Social Networks?

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Second Life developer Linden Labs released a few numbers last week, revealing that its users have spent one billion hours socializing and building the virtual world. Unlike most MMORPGs, Second Life isn't necessarily a task-oriented game, nor does it offer any kind of role-playing elements. In fact, many will argue that it's not a game at all, but a virtual social website. Linden Labs agrees, comparing its creation with other popular destinations.

"Second Life Residents spend an average of about 100 minutes in-world per visit," the company reported in this press release. "This average session time is significantly greater than those seen with popular social networking Web sites and reveals the uniquely high level of engagement Residents have with Second Life."

Linden Labs also provided additional interesting details surrounding Second Life, reporting that residents have spent more than (the equivalent of)  $1 billion USD in transactions between each Resident, purchasing virtual goods and services from one another. Residents are also creating more than 250,000 new virtual goods each day, have used more than 18 billion minutes of voice chat since 2007, and send approximately 1,250 text-based messages each day. Linden Labs also said that the virtual terrain of Second Life is roughly the size of Rhode Island.

With that said, it's difficult to throw Second Life into the same group as Facebook, MySpace, and other social networks. But in relation to selling virtual goods, Second Life does take the grand prize, but then again, Facebook and other static social sites are focused on an entirely different network of people. Could Second Life really be considered as the king of social networks?

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    burnley14 , September 30, 2009 10:20 PM
    Wow, this is ridiculous. What happened to people living their actual lives, not just virtual ones, and spending money on actual physical things that actually matter?
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    skykaptain , September 30, 2009 10:26 PM
    I like my real stuff and people. I prefer lips/sound/touch to reading text or VoIP.
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    El_Capitan , September 30, 2009 10:25 PM
    burnley14Wow, this is ridiculous. What happened to people living their actual lives, not just virtual ones, and spending money on actual physical things that actually matter?

    Is there really a difference?
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    burnley14 , September 30, 2009 10:20 PM
    Wow, this is ridiculous. What happened to people living their actual lives, not just virtual ones, and spending money on actual physical things that actually matter?
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    El_Capitan , September 30, 2009 10:25 PM
    burnley14Wow, this is ridiculous. What happened to people living their actual lives, not just virtual ones, and spending money on actual physical things that actually matter?

    Is there really a difference?
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    skykaptain , September 30, 2009 10:26 PM
    I like my real stuff and people. I prefer lips/sound/touch to reading text or VoIP.
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    wildwell , September 30, 2009 10:40 PM
    It's an interesting idea. It's only a matter of time before all the big real world companies get their hands into the real world money being passed around these alternative social networking / game sites.
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    jellico , September 30, 2009 10:42 PM
    I did Second Life for a little while. It's ok, but in the end it just feels a little thin. If I'm going to spend time in a social online environment, I'd prefer a directed experience (i.e. a game) such as World of Warcraft or whatever game you prefer.
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    doomtomb , September 30, 2009 10:54 PM
    I think these guys who made Second Life like the smell of their own shit.
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    This average session time is significantly greater than those seen with popular social networking Web sites

    Maybe because it's a GAME and the other social networking websites are just plain html WEBSITES.
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    Kelavarus , September 30, 2009 11:23 PM
    doomtombI think these guys who made Second Life like the smell of their own shit. Maybe because it's a GAME and the other social networking websites are just plain html WEBSITES.


    ... What social network is plain HTML? Kind of hard to be social on a non-dynamic website.
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    doomtomb , October 1, 2009 12:56 AM
    Kelavarus... What social network is plain HTML? Kind of hard to be social on a non-dynamic website.

    I know it's not just HTML in literal terms but my point being that it is a text & image website vs. an online 3D game. I wonder who wins.
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    nukemaster , October 1, 2009 1:36 AM
    Its actually sad. How long until the human race never leaves there homes since they can live in the virtual world. God this sucks.
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    the_one111 , October 1, 2009 1:50 AM
    El_CapitanThat's what she said.

    Go. Away.
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    rawoysters , October 1, 2009 2:55 AM
    Second Life is still around? This guy must be living in his own virtual world to think this is the top social network.
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    dnaeye , October 1, 2009 2:56 AM
    I think El Capitan brings up a good point. We live in a consumerist society that runs on the manufactured belief that we need all these products of modern convenience: computers, TV, internet, cellphones. But taken in the light of primitive societies that have little to no contact with the trappings of the modern world, the question then arises in thinking minds: Do we need all this shit? And if not, what is the difference between this world and a virtual one?
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    jkhanlar , October 1, 2009 3:52 AM
    Once Second Life is embedded into a website using latest html/css standards, it will compete with facebook, etc...
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    anamaniac , October 1, 2009 6:04 AM
    El_CapitanIs there really a difference?

    I wish this weren't true.
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    croc , October 1, 2009 6:37 AM
    I seem to remember from a long time ago a SF BOOK (You know one of those things with pages that you can open, read for a while and then close again? And there are these special things called BOOKMARKS that let you immediately go back to where you last closed the BOOK...?) that had at its premise people only meeting virtually... Can't remember how it turned out. Probably similar to the Shakers or the Jonesians or the Waccos... Badly.
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    tacoslave , October 1, 2009 7:22 AM
    what second life is the number one social website?!!!!?? wait let me check on myspace...
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    Bigbootie , October 1, 2009 9:37 AM
    I honestly cannot bring myself to believe people actually spend time and money on this crap. I think all the numbers are manufactured and the news reports are exaggerated. Either that or the anti-christ is real and running it....
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    Anonymous , October 1, 2009 10:02 AM
    So what'll it be.... blue pill? or red pill?
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    r0x0r , October 1, 2009 11:35 AM
    tacoslavewhat second life is the number one social website?!!!!?? wait let me check on myspace...


    Someone still uses myspace? o_0
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    eyemaster , October 1, 2009 1:40 PM
    Some companies use SL to have meetings and all. I tried SL once and played it maybe 2 times. I couldn't be bothered.
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