Tuesday, October 17, 2006

Reuters opens first virtual news bureau

Reuters has become the first established media organisation to station a newsreporter in a virtual world -- Second Life. Adam Pasick, a media correspondent with the agency based in London, will serve as the news organisation's first virtual bureau chief, using an avatar - an animated character - called 'Adam Reuters', and will file his stories at Reuters virtual news bureau.

Second Life is a simulated 3D world, created by Linden Lab in San Francisco, where characters can go about their daily business using a virtual currency - Linden Dollars - to shop, work, and generally hang about. According to Reuters, nearly a million people are members of the community with players spending nearly £7 million a year in the virtual world. Linden Dollars can be converted into US dollars at the online marketplace so that players can make real money from their virtual counterparts.

6 comments:

  1. May be the day is not very far, when we'll have more virtual than physical reporters. :)

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  2. Lol, yes, I will never be surprised going by the ground we have all covered in the past two decades!

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  3. cool, we going virtual day by day. I wont be surprised also when some one will come up with an idea that virtual wife or husband:) dont say virtual kid....lol

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  4. I am keeping my options open.!!! Lol

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  5. It is said that perception of reality is becoming more important than reality- virtual will start becoming more real than real.

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