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August 22, 2007 1:43 PM   Subscribe

Second Life is a great place for a virtual job fair, right? Well, maybe not. (That recruiter's lucky all s/he got handed was a beer...) Even the cops are getting in on the action.. Time magazine probably thinks it's a bad idea, though maybe they wouldn't have 5 years ago.
posted by dersins (23 comments total) 1 user marked this as a favorite

 
Evidently, police work has changed a great deal since the days of the Dukes of Hazzard.
posted by Blazecock Pileon at 1:55 PM on August 22, 2007


The funny thing about Second Life is that it implies you actually have a First Life.
posted by dhammond at 1:55 PM on August 22, 2007 [4 favorites]


Second life is the shitty first draft (second, possibly, if you count VRML in any way) of the virtual world concept. People need to start understanding this and start working towards something that's better.

See also I'm going to college in Second Life from the Something Awful forums.
posted by boo_radley at 2:03 PM on August 22, 2007


I stopped reading at "Second Life is a great place..."
posted by mattbucher at 2:17 PM on August 22, 2007


A virtual job?

Twenty bucks, same as in town.
posted by It's Raining Florence Henderson at 2:26 PM on August 22, 2007 [1 favorite]


LOLSECONDLIFE

Seriously the corporations jumping on that system are hilarious. The future of second life is comprised entirely of marketers and furries.
posted by delmoi at 2:27 PM on August 22, 2007 [1 favorite]


God what a terrible virtual world.
posted by voltairemodern at 2:30 PM on August 22, 2007


The future of second life is comprised entirely of marketers and furries.

I suspect the Venn diagram for that looks an awful lot like goatse.
posted by It's Raining Florence Henderson at 2:31 PM on August 22, 2007 [3 favorites]


What the Gently Carress?
posted by delmoi at 2:35 PM on August 22, 2007


I think we of the internet need to engage in osme kind of community outreach program towards tech journalists and other no-nothings and get the message across that Second Life isn't very good or interesting, and exists primarily as a way of creating shoddy stories to promote itself.
posted by Artw at 2:54 PM on August 22, 2007 [2 favorites]


Subhead from the "Getting in on the action" link: Interactivity is 'neat'
posted by dammitjim at 2:55 PM on August 22, 2007


I've just come off Factotum and I truly believe Second Life needs a shot of Chinaski in its job applications.

Give me another drink.
posted by Myeral at 3:05 PM on August 22, 2007


The funny thing about Second Life is that it implies you actually have a First Life.

previously
posted by Poolio at 3:12 PM on August 22, 2007


exists primarily as a way of creating shoddy stories to promote itself.

I thought it existed primarily as a way for journalists who are also furries to meet other journalists/furries while expensing their second life membership fees.
posted by dersins at 3:12 PM on August 22, 2007 [1 favorite]


I don't understand the person quoted as saying that interviewing in Second Life was a good way to screen for 'tech savvy' people. I played with SL for about two days once, and as I recall all I ever used were the arrow keys. Maybe I was doing it wrong?
posted by frobozz at 3:33 PM on August 22, 2007


Why would anyone search for hires in the same realm that people waste time in?
posted by Brian B. at 3:40 PM on August 22, 2007


I think they meant "tech salvy."
posted by It's Raining Florence Henderson at 3:41 PM on August 22, 2007


Is there someone out there evangelizing to companies about how important Second Life is?

The mega-company I work for has a portal, and I feel vaguely ashamed.
posted by smackfu at 3:46 PM on August 22, 2007


ATTN. ALL EMPLOYEES, INTERNS AND 3RD PARTY VENDORS

RE: Network Activity [URGENT!]

AFTER REVIEWING THE IT DEPARTMENT'S PREVIOUS RECOMMENDATIONS, IT APPEARS WE WERE SUPPOSED TO TRANSFER OUR COMPANY'S SERVICES TO AN ONLINE SERVICE CALLED "SKYPE", RATHER THAN "SECOND LIFE".

WE WILL BE ENFORCING THE NECESSARY CHANGES IN THE WEEKS TO COME. WE APOLOGIZE FOR THE MIX-UP.

-THE MGMNT.

posted by Smart Dalek at 3:57 PM on August 22, 2007 [1 favorite]


The future of second life is comprised entirely of marketers and furries.

I fix.
posted by everichon at 4:11 PM on August 22, 2007 [1 favorite]


Did the FREE HUGS* guy show up?

*NWS at all
posted by Potsy at 4:18 PM on August 22, 2007 [1 favorite]


I'll take the furries, then, everichon. There are some depths to which I would rather not descend.
posted by darksasami at 4:20 PM on August 22, 2007


A lot of the complaints I hear about Second Life seem to stem from the fact that it looks and runs like crap. I think a really smart move on their part would be to license some older but still good gaming engine.

I respect what they are trying to do, because I would love to see a working version of the metaverse, but we ain't there yet.
posted by quin at 5:38 PM on August 23, 2007


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