I have decided that I am curious about Second Life. I am not sure how far my curiosity will take me. Tonight I ended up on the registration page and got stuck on the very first question. You need to create a first name (between 2 and 31 characters) and pick from a long list of available last names. I am not sure why you have to pick a last name...
Why am I curious about this? I am interested in the way that it will create new patterns of communication and interaction. I am curious to see how the economic model works. I think that the possibility of a 3D Virtual World that allows for unlimited types of creative interaction between individuals, communities, businesses, non-profits, educational entities, people with disabilities etc... is fascinating. On the flip side, I don't have a desire to spend too much more time on my computer so all of the canned arguments that people will make about this being a bad idea for me to allocate any spare time to are completely known and potentially valid.
So I am still stuck on picking my name. Maybe I'll sleep on it. I wonder what the average think time on the Name question is for people who sign up for Second Life.
Here is an interesting video that appears to be a pretty good introduction.