Sand Flys in the Second Life Sandbox


Oh for fuck's sake. It's like a bunch of kids throwing sand at each other in a sandbox. Apparently, some Second Life dude stole some virtual possessions of others (using this replicator thingy called Copybot) and those others (sounds like Lost here) retaliated by shutting down their businesses all across Second Life and hanging "Sorry, We're closed. Thanks to Copybot!" signs in front of their businesses. And marketers really want to get into this muck.

UPDATE: Linden Labs, creator of Second Life has banned the use of Copybot. OK, boys.You can put all the sand back in the box now.

by Steve Hall    Nov-15-06   Click to Comment   
Topic: Bad, Online, Social, Strange   

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I am soooo with you on this. Was at a conference in Boston a couple of weeks ago, theme was supposed to revolve around social media and it's use in pr, marketing, journalism, et al. What I walked away with was that a lot of the people in the room think Second Life is really keen, just neat-o terrific. When I asked one of them to explain what they thought of the game, he said it was "a way to duplicate your real-life, only online!" That was when I surpresed a gag reflex and headed out to the bar to have a real life...

Posted by: Martin on November 15, 2006 4:56 PM

I think Second Life will be a delineator between what is realy "new media" and what is out and out bullshit. It is also likely the delineator between old school and new school - and if this is the new school, I'm dropping out. Bunch of f***ing crap.

Posted by: Jetpacks on November 16, 2006 9:38 AM

I just like it when you start a post with "Oh for fuc's sake..." It gives me a warm, tingly, holiday kind of feeling...

Posted by: American Copywriter on November 16, 2006 10:33 AM

Happy to jump start that holiday season:-)

Posted by: Steve Hall on November 16, 2006 11:00 AM

How about this for a Second Life ad campaign, "For people without a life."

Posted by: Ted Page on November 16, 2006 4:53 PM

They used to think the world was flat! Now there can be several versions of you in several worlds.

I know a place where I can be young, handsome, happy, successful and rich! Now why would that appeal to people, I wonder...

C'mon guys, the writing is on the wall. Ten years ago, people were considering getting that internet thingy on their computers. Twenty years ago mobile phones were for rich yuppies; now look at us. 3D worlds are part of the big future of communication. You don't have to like it - just don't poo-poo it so quickly; your words just may haunt you one day!

You can stay back in cosy land where nothing changes if you really want to; but what does 'really' mean anyway?

Posted by: Drabzz on June 28, 2008 7:46 PM