Second Life

This is the sort of things that blows the mind: Second Life.

Second Life is a 3-D virtual world entirely built and owned by its residents. Since opening to the public in 2003, it has grown explosively and today is inhabited by nearly 100,000 people from around the globe.

Wired reported that more and more people are abandoning their “real lives” to live and make a living in the virtual world offered by Second Life. That is absolutely mind-boggling.

Within a month, Grinnell was making more in Second Life than in her real-world job as a dispatcher. And after three months she realized she could quit her day job altogether. Now Second Life is her primary source of income, and Grinnell, whose avatar answers to the name Janie Marlowe, claims she earns more than four times her previous salary.

via Wired.
Buy and sell online using Linden Dollars, the official currency of the Second Life world. Exchange Linden Dollars into real-world cash, USD.

The Marketplace currently supports millions of US dollars in monthly transactions. This commerce is handled with the in-world currency, the Linden dollar, which can be converted to US dollars at several thriving online currency exchanges.

Incredible, unbelievable.

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