Twitter may be the flavour-of-the-month in the world of tech journalism, says Chris O'Brien, but the much-hyped social media giant could learn a thing or two from the experience of Second Life. What? Exactly.
A few years ago, you couldn't blink without seeing a new article or news report about the online virtual world phenomenon. Well, it's still kicking on, reports Chris Abraham, and it's actually a much better place.
Unless Communications Minister Conroy's proposed Internet filtering mechanism has some smarts, a whole bunch of innovative activity will be lost with the smattering of virtual sex clubs.
Just when you thought virtual world Second Life was sooo 2007, user numbers have been on the rise again.
Ironically, with the hyperbole around virtual worlds mostly gone, some real world outcomes are being demonstrated, partly because of, rather than in spite of, the current economic climate, writes David Holloway.
Citi slims down ... ATM drunks shafted ... virtual tax men
Australian political parties either don’t get virtual worlds or they believe they don’t deliver a significant enough political dividend at this early stage. It’s one of the few instances where Australian politics isn’t showing signs of adopting US tactics. But even if Kevin or John aren't interested, some of the grass-roots political activity in Second Life has developed into a formal political party, writes David Holloway.
There are numerous avatars wandering around Second Life the size and appearance of children, writes David Holloway, editor of SLOZ, Australia's Second Life news source.
This afternoon in the Brisbane division of the Federal Court, Justice Jeffrey Spender delivered his judgment in the case of Haneef v Minister for Immigration and Citizenship. Depending on your point of view, it was either an egg in the face for the Government and Immigration Minister Kevin Andrews, or an indictment of nit-picking legal process. Each view is represented in this special Crikey edition. We've included the full judgment as well. Wise or woeful? You decide.