Europe Surges to Lead Second Life Virtual-World Population

Second_life_logo_1From the Reuter's Second-Life News Center: Europeans now make up the largest block of residents of the 3-D virtual world, Second Life, with more than 54 percent of active users in January ahead of North America’s 34.5 percent, according to new Linden Lab data.

U.S. residents made up only 31.2 percent of active Second Life users in the month. France has the second-highest number of users after the virtual world became a battleground for the country’s presidential election.

Although French residents had long been a part of Second Life, thousands more joined Second Life in January as demonstrators picketed the virtual offices of Jean Marie Le Pen’s far-right National Front party. Socialist candidate Ségolène Royal also established a Second Life presence.

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Virtual World "Second Life" @Davos World Economic Forum

Second20life_1Reuters reported yesterday that Bureau Chief Adam Pasick will conduct a Second Life virtual-world panel with guests including Linden Lab Chairman Mitch Kapor, author and entrepreneur John Battelle, former Virginia Governor Mark Warner, and musician Peter Gabriel during the World Economic Forum, which takes place Jan. 24-28 with the theme being The Shifting Power Equation.  Participants will have their own customized avatars and will take questions from real-world Second Life residents.

Second Life is "a 3-D virtual world entirely built and owned by its residents." Reuters actually runs a Second Life "bureau" staffed by real-world tech journalist Adam Pasick, but his avatar's name is Adam Reuters. According to Reuters, $1,184,358 real U.S. dollars has been spent in Second Life over the past 24 hours.

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