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    I'd say I made around 45.4 this year [img]smileys/lol.gif[/img], has anyone used Second Life? It's amazing you should try it if you get a chance, I got into a virtual fight last week with someone who rugby tackled me to the ground and I then got expelled from a Beach Club somewhere in the Virtual World for causing a scene









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    <DIV =sh>Virtual pals 'soar in importance' </DIV></DIV></TD></TR>
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    <DIV =cap>Online community members value their virtual friends</DIV></DIV></TD></TR></T></TABLE><!- E IIMA -><!- S SF ->Virtual communities are as important as their real-world counterparts, many members of online communities believe.


    A survey found 43% of online networkers from the US felt "as strongly" about their web community as they did about their real-world friends.


    It also revealed net-users had made an average of 4.6 virtual pals this year.


    The survey, from the US-based Center for the Digital Future, of 2,000 individuals forms part of a six-year study into attitudes to the web. <!- E SF ->


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    <DIV =mva> The internet has become an essential source of entertainment, information and communication <BR clear=all></DIV></DIV>
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    Each year, the University of Southern California researchers publish data tracking the changing opinions of the same American households to the internet.


    On the results of their sixth report, Jeffrey Cole, director of the centre, said: "More than a decade after the portals of the worldwide web opened to the public, we are now witnessing the true emergence of the internet as the powerful personal and social phenomenon we knew it would become."


    Social interaction on the web has become a phenomenon in recent years, with the rise of sites like MySpace and Bebo, and the development of virtual worlds such as Second Life.


    However, the report also discovered virtual friendship is not confined to the PC - those surveyed had met an average of 1.6 of the friends they had made online in person.


    Keeping in touch


    It also found 40% of net-users were using the web to stay in contact with people, and 37.7% believed the internet was enabling them to communicate more with friends and family.


    The survey also revealed 7.4% of those surveyed kept a blog, double the figure in 2003; and in that period, the number of people posting pictures online grew from 11% to 23.6%.


    Mr Cole added: "The internet has become an essential source of entertainment, information and communication... However, in 2006, we are beginning to measure real growth and discover new directions for the internet as a comprehensive tool that Americans are using to touch the world."


    More than three-quarters of Americans are net users, spending an average of 8.9 hours online a week, according to the team. And, for the first time in 2006, the number of women logging on equalled the number of men.<!- E BO ->
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    Frank the Tank is not coming back. OK? That part of me is over, water under the bridge.

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    jaysus harry, seems your on your own. Just as well you have all those virtual pals[img]smileys/wink.gif[/img]
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      #3
      What the hell is Second Life?
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        #4
        Not like you to get kicked out of a club/pub eh?[img]smileys/lol.gif[/img]

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          #5
          Second Life is scary - it's a a 'game' of sorts, where people build virtual homes, meet, interact... just like they would in real life if they weren't such freaking loons.

          People spend crazy amounts of time - and money! - in it.
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            Originally posted by who?
            Second Life is scary - it's a a 'game' of sorts, where people build virtual homes, meet, interact... just like they would in real life if they weren't such freaking loons.

            People spend crazy amounts of time - and money! - in it.
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            <DIV>Are you serious?[img]smileys/lol.gif[/img]</DIV>
            <DIV>Now THAT is where to find the definition of nerds/geeks/dorks. </DIV>
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              Surprised you missed it seeing the phenomenal amount of press its getting at the moment, we had a go of it in the office here a few weeks back and thought it was rubbish, couldnt see the appeal but it must have something as there are thousands of people using it

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                Second Life is the future folks (www.secondlife.com) , i know it seems a little scary at first (visiting the nudist beach was fun) but there will be serious money made from it in the future. The is a virtual bar on it where 8000 people a day go to visit and now the drinks companies are looking to put advertising in the bar, what you do is buy land and rent it, or rent it and run a business, you will be able to shop, do the normal things you do on the highstreet one day, you can even have virtual sex on it (haven't had the courage yet [img]smileys/lol.gif[/img]. )There are even blue chip companies setting and some of their employees spent all day on it giving services. There is one person making $200,000a year by simply renting buildings to other people. It's full of a lot of mad stuff at the moment, lots of nudey bars and casinos and dodgey people and the social network is slowely building up into laws and all that, one day you will all have a virtual persona to escape your everyday lives.


                I am seeing money in it, I see dollars, and lots of it in the future..


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                  Originally posted by Kerry-Exile


                  we had a go of it in the office here a few weeks back and thought it was rubbish, couldnt see the appeal but it must have something as there are thousands of VERY SAD people using it

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                    Sure that's what you said when the internet came out first Old Dog, you said it was for sad people.Since then you've become the most prolific poster on the internet, winning a Gold Medal at the World Posting Championships


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                      #11
                      <DIV>Can you go on there and virtually rob all their money? </DIV>
                      <DIV>Can you break into peoples homes?</DIV>
                      <DIV>Can you assault somebody?</DIV>
                      <DIV>Can you stalk somebody?</DIV>
                      <DIV>Does it have the internet?[img]smileys/lol.gif[/img]</DIV>
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                        That's a crazy place... but I could only get in once!!? I've clicked on every single link and all it gives me is information but not an entry into the actual place... Let me guess, I've wrecked the whole joint?? [img]smileys/lol.gif[/img]
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                          No people from Tipp allowed.[img]smileys/lol.gif[/img]
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                            #14

                            Originally posted by Harry

                            Sure that's what you said when the internet came out first Old Dog, you said it was for sad people.Since then you've become the most prolific poster on the internet, winning a Gold Medal at the World Posting Championships


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                            I thought everyones favourite Welsh-ite, PhilBB had that one sewn up pretty comrephensively?
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