The Three-Dimensional Internet by ProQuest


The author has been spending more time in virtual communities and networks, and she finally broke down and joined Second Life. While it doesn't yet engage her enough for her to consider it her second life, she thinks of Second Life as a crude example of what the Internet will soon become. With the early success of Second Life, the rules have all changed. Goodbye Web, hello metaverse. For starters, virtual worlds only "work" when you are interacting with others nearby. This implies that you have now moved into three-dimensional cyberspace; a virtual conversation only takes place when both people are online and in a shared space where they interact. Clearly, if a virtual community is not designed around how people engage with each other, it won't succeed.

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