Tateru Nino's Second Life avatarThat seems like a fairly simple question on the surface, and – in many senses – it actually is fairly simple, with fairly simple answers. You have to think it through a little bit to actually get to that simplistic core, however.

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Sep 15 2011

Call me crazy, or even curmudgeonly, but I figure if you’re going compare something to Second Life (or compare Second Life to something else) you should at least have some idea about what Second Life actually is.

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So, a big and controversial story circulating at the moment is a study by Aptiquant, where 100,000 people were invited to take an online IQ test, and their results correlated with the make and model of Web-browser that they were using. The results played into popular prejudices, indicating that users of Microsoft Internet Explorer 6 had IQs in the ‘moron’ range.

A juicy story indeed, with graphs and charts and all-sorts. Except that it took less than one minute to determine that the company behind the study, Aptiquant, doesn’t appear to exist.

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Valleywag, an online gossip (and occasionally news) blog operated by Gawker Media – and given to outlandish and sensationalist headlines, rather like the one above – was always fond of calling Second Life a failure, in the past tense; it’s dead, it was a failure, does anyone remember that crazy thing with all those sad people?

Now, just relegated to a simple blog tag, Valleywag has all but given up the ghost, whereas Second Life does rather continue to be ticking along, regardless of its various problems and obstacles.

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