Second Life, a graphics-rich online virtual world, has been called stupid, boring, dull, pointless, sad, addictive and simply a waste of time for corporations and individuals alike. But those criticisms from detractors -- in this case Aussies -- haven't dismayed Second Life's fans nor dented its popularity. Operated by San Francisco-based Linden Lab, Second Life has millions of registered users, who complete millions of dollars of in-world transactions each month. So are virtual worlds like Second Life meaningful to real estate or just a passing fad of little or no importance? The folks at Coldwell Banker seem to believe Second Life has real-world value. The franchise operator has set up shop in the virtual world and launched an in-world realty business to sell virtual homes to people who...
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