Wednesday, 26 September 2007

Second Life Akadia Mall Money


Akadia Mall is the first of the mass stores with lots of freebies I found on this voyage, though anyone who has spent much time in world will see dozens of these.

Commerce is the promise of Second Life's growing yet still small economy. At just over $1,000,000 US spent ever day by the roughly 40,000 AVs in world Second Life is not a very good place to get rich. If you could figure a way to collect 1% of the total economy you would have a gross of $10,000 a day. If you could get a 10% profit margin you would be making $1,000 a day.

With still such slim pickings there is no shortage of people trying to get in early to what might become a major market, with the Linden Dollar traded on the Lindex and a structure of contracts and sales developing Second Life is not short of economic activity and start ups.

But all these freebies show a more central dispute going on in Second Life. Many groups like GNU reject a commercial Second Life and want to give everything free in an Open Source structure. So I think Second Life will a major fighting ground for the battle of how software is distributed or sold.
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