Sunday, February 26, 2006
Second Life: Virtual Offices of Real Businesses
New World Notes wrote in December about Global Travel International, a real-world travel agency that set up an office in Second Life to help people plan their vacations and trips from within the game. It's not a real e-commerce establishement since the business doesn't process any sales in-game, but is more of a tool that lies somewhere between a personal office visit, a phone call and a chat room. The old SL office apparently had TV screens with footage of various destinations, but the company has recently moved and hasn't set up yet.
One way to sell vacation packages in SL would be to make in-game replicas of destinations. Below are the snapshots of the Hawaii and Amsterdam sims, created by players.