phew, the patent stuff from SpotON3D has caused stress (or at least concern) for some in the OpenSim community and rightly so. apart from raising your voice and placing something written online, there is not much that can be done. BUT . . . online comments about this issue do have an impact and you can’t downplay that importance (think of the effect that facebook and twitter had on the uprising in Egypt – mere words but very powerful in it’s size)
so on to the lighter side – did you see that Linden Lab reports an annual revenue of $100 million? not too shabby and certainly fun, fast, and easy for the execs and Philip
speaking of Philip, he has a new venture out called Coffee and Power and the part of it that you should find interesting is that the commerce part of it looks like Second Life
you buy his currency and can cash it out. it works very well with Second Life so why not repeat it?
the amounts for Craigslist-type services (does that include modeling and escorting?) are typically small and i suspect the same psychology on spending exists for Coffee and Power as do in Second Life – you don’t think twice about spending a few bucks for silly things. in the screenshot below, you can see that Philip paid someone about $1.50 USD to learn some card tricks (and a bonus coin trick). that Philip, always the life of the party and now we know his secret! =D
i like that someone is offering to sell you a G+ invite for $1.50
i think i’ll offer virtual lap dances for $4 bucks, hey that’s how Anshe got her start in Second Life . . . =p
and totally unrelated to virtual worlds but something i am addicted to and proves that even fakey avatars are total goofballs