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Second Earth

I’ve been talkinng lately that it might be sort of web 3.0+ when Facebook and Google Earth and Second Life type epxeriences merge – Second Earth social networks anyone?
I thought I was just dreaming out loud and people sometimes tell me that I am way too out there. So check this out.
“Arizona State University’s students have the opportunity to test a new product “that will be publicly launched later this year”. The invitation page mentions that the product is developed by “a major Internet company” and there are hints that the application is related to social networking, 3D modeling and video games. To complete the questionnaire and get the opportunity to test the product, you need to be a student at ASU.”
Speculation in the post is that it’s probably Google.
I wonder if avatars have a role here? That would align with Gartner Groups prediction that 85% of Internet users will be using avatars by 2012.
Maybe my speculations aren’t so nuts after all.
Stephen

Posted on: September 23, 2007, 10:36 am Category: Uncategorized

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  1. You might also be interested in this:
    http://holoscape.com/u/?p=10
    “Unype Facebook application lets Facebook users roam around inside Google Earth and see/interact with each other.
    It’s free, cross-platform (MS Windows, MacOSX, Linux) and requires no downloads.
    A Facebook user adds the application, clicks on a button and enters Google Earth. Inside Google Earth he/she can see other Facebook users as avatars moving around.
    By optionally specifying your Skype id when entering GE, you can voice-chat with other Facebook users inside Google Earth.”
    tony

  2. Hi Stephen. This was a topic of interest at the Spring Life 2.0 Summit which was held on Dr. Dobbs Island in Second Life. Merging Google Earth with Second Life has been in the works for a while. Keep an eye on MIT’s Emerging Technology conference which takes place this week (Sept 25 – 27). I’d be surprised if this didn’t come up for discussion among this group.