Resources

General links for Second Life

Second Life
» http://secondlife.com
Summary page at VWR:
» http://www.virtualworldsreview.com/secondlife/

The most comprehensive video introduction to SL that I know of, though way out of date (from days boasting a membership of 150,000 rather than today’s nearly 8 million), is on Google Video:

For a short introduction, see:

Two of the most useful references resources of all are the Second Life Wikia (“a project to document various aspects of Second Life’s history”) and the SL wiki. For a succinct Timeline of SL development, well worth reading is:
» http://secondlife.wikia.com/wiki/Second_Life_Through_The_Ages

and for an in-depth overview of the functionalities in Second Life, a very good place to start is the Features page at:
» https://wiki.secondlife.com/wiki/Features

SL-related sites and resources:

Second Life Toolbox: 50+ Resources for Second Life
Just in case I’ve missed any important link below (and I undoubtedly have), this classified listing from Mashable is immensely useful.
» http://mashable.com/2007/11/19/second-life-toolbox/

SLTutorials.net
As the name suggests, tutorials for everything related to SL, with topics including building, currency, land, and scripting.
» http://www.sltutorials.net

Second Life Resources at Second Life in Education
A good listing of general SL links, with a particular focus on educational uses of SL
» http://sleducation.wikispaces.com/secondliferesources

SLurl
Web site providing direct teleport links to locations in Second Life and an easy-to-use gateway to the Second Life Web Map API.
» http://slurl.com

SL Universe (SecondLife news)
“SLUniverse is the longest running third party Second Life community site. Launched in 2003, it has grown into a comprehensive resource for Second Life residents.”
» http://www.sluniverse.com

SL History Wiki (“a project to document various aspects of Second Life’s history that anyone can add to”)
» http://history.secondserver.net


Second Life newspapers & magazines

Second Life Herald (the SecondLife community newspaper)
» http://www.secondlifeherald.com

Second Life News Network
“SLNN offers in-depth reporting on breaking news and events in Second Life and Real Life developments that affect Second Life. The news network fills a gap by serving people unbiased and objective information about relevant topics on a daily basis.”
» http://www.slnn.com

Second Life News Center (Reuters of course has a SL Bureau)
» http://secondlife.reuters.com

Second Life Insider
Part blog, part news site.
» http://www.secondlifeinsider.com

SL-Newspaper
» http://sl-newspaper.com

SecondStyle
Fashion magazine for Second Life
» http://secondstyle.com


Machinima: video in Second Life

Second Life Video (a sort of YouTube for SecondLife)
» http://www.secondlifevideo.com

SecondAvatar slvideos at Magnify.net
Another SL video site
» http://slvideos.magnify.net


Miscellaneous / unclassified

Second Cast (a podcast covering culture and events in Second Life)
» http://www.secondcast.com

Second Life Podcasts
Audio and video
» http://secondlife.podcast.com

Planet.WorldofSL.com (“Syndicating the Second Life blogosphere”)
» http://planet.worldofsl.com

TalkSecondLife
“the largest Second Life Business forum on the net”
» http://www.talksecondlife.com

Second Life Research (academic research on all aspects and uses of Second Life)
http://secondliferesearch.blogspot.com

FutureTag, Slgp1, ‘Real Virtuality in your Second Life and beyond’
The Future Technologies Advisory Group (FutureTag) “is a consulting and media group focused on promoting awareness and understanding of radical scientific advances and emerging technologies, as well as evaluating their impact on individuals, businesses and societies.” This section reviews and assesses the impact, actual and potential, of Second Life.
» http://futuretag.net/index.php/Slgp1

Metaverse Technology (an SL-based company)
» http://www.metaversetech.com


Finally, take a sobering look at:
‘Get a First Life: A One Page Satire of Second Life’
» http://www.getafirstlife.com[World verified on 31 Jan 2006, and all links and world last viewed, on 01 Dec 2006]

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