“Second Life” and communities?

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Do communities use tools like “Second Life” for their activities?

Avatar-based web worlds (e.g., Second Life). Some communities have meeting areas on avatar-based sites. It allows them to have more of a sense of shared space even when they cannot be together in physical space. For instance, the ability to see who is there, even as an avatar, can help members get a more concrete sense of community togetherness than in a teleconference call. The full potential of these types of sites has yet to be fully explored.  
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For a more precise definition, see our theory page on communities of practice:

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