Martin Heller today shared his underwhelming impressions of his first experience visiting Second Life.
- “It still wasn’t a wonderful experience. ”
- “My avatar was surrounded by other avatars in various stages of dress and undress generally acting lost and typing stimulating things like ‘Where are you from?'”
- “I had a quick look at the list of the most popular places in the system by traffic, and they were pretty much all porn.”
I wonder whether Second Life has outspent its usefulness from a PR perspective? Gone are the days when the opening of an office or commercial enterprise merits media attention. Perhaps some philanthropic endeavor might be the new frontier. More on that in a subsequent post. Here are Mr. Heller’s closing thoughts:
“As far as I can tell, Second Life isn’t really work-safe, or even home-safe if you have children. I can’t imagine why IBM, Sun, and others are doing PR or developer communities in Second Life. I remember Jon Udell discussing PR in Second Life in his column last fall, and he made it sound credible. Am I missing something here?”
No, Martin, you’re not.