second-life-2.jpgA friend of mine, Emmanuel Conde, who’s involved in the recruiting world emailed me today about a bizarre virtual phenomenon.

I wrote about something called Second Life a while back for MSNBC.com. It’s a virtual world, owned by Linden Labs, where virtual people, called avatars, get together to shop, play games, and even apply for jobs. Many large companies, including Microsoft and Verizon, have virtual buildings in Second Life where job applicants — actually, their avatars — can come and be interviewed during virtual job fairs.

Turns out applicants have more to fear than just screwing up the virtual interview. Now they’re having to dodge virtual gangs.
My friend wrote early this morning:

“Did you know that there are now gangs that will attack your booth in SL(Second Life)? Cisco is going to provide security to prevent this during the 2 hour job fair in November. There have been instances of vandalism where furniture is turned over and other destruction has been documented.

It’s a wacky world, even in the virtual world.

I’ll update you once I get more info from Second Life and my buddy. (BTW, check out my friend’s career enhancing stories. He likes to write as well and is a Cisco networking recruiting god with great tips for job seekers)
Update: I did some initial Web research and the gang problem may just be the tip of the iceberg.

This from a blog called MetaSecurity

“While Second Life may have started as a utopian world where gamers, geeks, and technophiles could gather and immerse themselves into the pure and innocent escapism of a genuine second life, the rocketing popularity of Linden Lab’s online world has now begun attracting the attentions of those intent on destruction, and even violence, reports the Concorde Monitor.

While anti-capitalist and pro-democracy movements continue to virtually ‘bomb’ real-world business locations in Second Life (last week saw the Australian broadcaster ABC have its luxury island turned into a crater by angry hackers), worrying reports of rape and child abuse have started to gather around the supposedly idyllic and rather laidback bohemian existence to be ‘enjoyed’ in Second Life.”

Another UPDATE:

From the company:

“This kind of behavior in a virtual world is known as ‘griefing’. Linden Lab asks all residents to follow a code of conduct and if they repeatedly do not abide by it, they can be banned from Second Life.”

Does anyone else think this is funny?

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