The Future of Second Life: Internationality

Clare Linden writes today, on the Linden blog, about the international nature of SL. I think this is a great focus, for Linden Lab to be thinking of in 2009. If the SL platform is to build upon & truly supersede the current Web 1.0 (or debatably Web 2.0) platform of today’s proto-internet, it will need dynamic & far-reaching new capabilities. Breaking down the borders of language, as we explore our multi-cultural heritage together, is a great starting point.

Having something of an international lifestyle myself, I have seen how communities can be isolated by barriers of nationality (hard to cross borders), lack of proximity, geography (mountains or sea), and language. Perhaps Second Life can help bring us all a little closer together — which is especially important as we face together new challenges that demand ever-greater global co-operation.

At sometime in the future, Linden Labs should go all the way, & be international. Escape the clutches of nationalism & provincialism. Get all that equipment out of America & break free into international waters, as Google is currently considering…. that idea strikes me as sheer brilliance.

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4 responses to “The Future of Second Life: Internationality

  1. Linda Brynner

    It might be handy to be able to login at 75000 residents online as of this moment.
    It was 60000 at Dec. 2007.
    Being able to login with all 14+ residents on at the same time would be cheery 😉

  2. for sure Linda….. if LL is aiming to go global, a higher concurrency than the population of a countryside town is essential! if you haven’t seen already, you may be happy to know about the fiberoptic ring they are constructing, which should allow a vastly expanded concurrency. Click this link to see more about LLnet.

  3. Dictionary definitions of ‘international’ may not be appropriate when used in the context of developing virtual reality across borders. They contain a dichotomy in implying the existence of boundaries, localisation, chauvinism and possible disintegration while at the same time extolling the virtues of cross border/boundary contact.

    Many residents have experienced Second Life as nascent transnational with emphasis on the breaking down of barriers and increased ability to communicate – hopefully this process will continue unstifled if the future!

    Best wishes to LL for 2009…from a not so long term resident….

  4. True josef, there’s no borders to a virtual world, except the borders of the internet itself — the areas with little or no bandwidth….. thats the only real borders of a virtual world. The poor 80% that also lack pretty much everything. Would be very innovative if Linden Lab decided to come at internationality from that angle huh?

    Indeed, talking of a virtual world’s international nature is a little strange, I never thought of it on that level…… and even outside of the virtual, nations are daily losing relevance too…. its an increasingly transnational world we live in. I think someday the concept of nations, and “nationalism” will fade away, if not completely, then, at least become far less prevelent in our conciousness than today. Thank you for sharing your thoughts.

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