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Reuters Gets Out Of 'Second Life'

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Posted November 28, 2008 - By kijibe

Several years ago, Reuters news service got in on the news bureau action by opening their own in the virtual world of Second Life.

Starting with the removal of its reporter “Adam Reuters”,  Reuters is now taking itself out of the game.  It’s not that Second Life is going anywhere, “but the buzz is gone,” says Eric Krangel, former Reuters reporter for Second Life

He continued, “The things that most appeal to Second Life's hardcore enthusiasts are either boring or creepy for most people: Spending hundreds of hours make insignificant amounts of money selling virtual clothes, experimenting with changing your gender or species, getting into random conversations with strangers from around the world, or having pseudo-nonymous sex (and let's not kid ourselves, sex is a huge draw into Second Life). As part of walking my 'beat,' I'd get invited by sources to virtual nightclubs, where I'd right-click the dancefloor to send my avatar gyrating as I sat at home at my computer. It was about as fun as watching paint dry."



Second Life is an Internet-based virtual world developed by Linden Labs. Mr. Krangel would like to see Linden Labs augment their business by making Second Life simple for new users to access, and discard their pitch that it’s a business application.

Reuters still plans to report on Second Life, “only as part of our usual tech and medial coverage,” says a Reuters spokesperson.

Second Life is an Internet-based virtual world developed by Linden Labs. Mr. Krangel would like to see Linden Labs augment their business by making Second Life simple for new users to access, and discard their pitch that it’s a business application.

Reuters still plans to report on Second Life, “only as part of our usual tech and medial coverage,” says a Reuters spokesperson.

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