The Internet site inhabited by 600 thousand people already counts with more than 30 thousand internauts in Latin America and Spain. One of the main problems for these users is that most of the information is in English…
The Internet site inhabited by 600 thousand people already counts with more than 30 thousand internauts in Latin America and Spain. One of the main problems for these users is that most of the information is in English and the currency that circulates dents like the dollar, which causes that the program to become very expensive for many navigators.
The Spanish-speaking community in Internet sent itself to the conquest of â€œSecond Lifeâ€, a virtual world that until recently was reserved almost exclusively to english speaking users.
The internauts of Latin America and Spain who take a walk in â€œSecond Lifeâ€ began to be numerous by mid 2006, but tended â€œto disperse between the different sectors of the market, like sex, action games or cultural manifestationsâ€, explain Marcos Chagas, person in charge of the site â€œinfosegundavida,â€ with its head quarters in Buenos Aires and dedicated to orient and congregate the Spanish-speaking community than is taking terrain in this virtual world.
In order to participate in the online simulation, the users must initiate a â€œsecond lifeâ€. This is obtained by creating a digital version of themselves, called to avatar. Through manipulation of design tools, one can modify their appearance while interacting in real time with all citizens.
The main problem that presents â€œSecond Lifeâ€ for Hispanic users is that the great majority of information that circulates is in English. â€œThe language supposes a barrier, since it does not allow that the program to be sufficiently temptingâ€, admits Chagas.
Another problem for the Latin American users is the fact that Linden, the currency that circulates between the pockets of Avatars, quotes with respect to the dollar, making â€œSecond Lifeâ€ â€œan expensiveâ€ program for many of the internauts.
Although it is impossible to tell how many thousands of Spanish-speaking users hide behind their avatars, about 30,000 are subscribed to â€œinfosegundavidaâ€, where they expose and share their experiences in â€œSecond Lifeâ€.
The greater numbers of avatars in Latin America are concentrated in Brazil, where there has been a continuous â€œpermeability to the new features of Internet.â€ Their users â€œhave even colonizedâ€ an island in â€œSecond run Lifeâ€ under their own rules, counts Chagas.
The program harvests an increasing success in Argentina, Spain, Chile and Mexico, although Spanish-speaking followers are numerous in the United States, where Second Life was born.