Habbo and Second Life the same?

Second life logo     Habbo logo   

Well they are obviously not quite the same, but this post on Techcrunch Uk from Sam has got me thinking that they are not that far apart.

In the post Sam reports that mobileYouth are holding a virtual networking event in Habbo Hotel today.  Check out the post for details, but it is at 2pm today and its free.

This is not very different from the way that many companies are using Second Life.  IBM for example have built five (or so) islands in Second Life and regularly use them to hold meetings as a sort of enhanced video conference facility – I have commented on this before.  The eightbar blog is written by IBMers who are interested in this area and has some interesting stuff on it.  Similarly there is the Harvard classroom I blogged about here.

My point here is that Habbo can be viewed as a kind of Second Life, but with more structure.  I don’t think Habbo is a game as there is no real point beyond socialising – so it is identical to Second Life in that respect, the difference is that players are more restricted in Habbo, but at the same time that makes it easier to get started.

In fact once Linden Labs open sources Second Life we might start to see areas within SL that are designed to appeal to more casual virtual worlders by making it easier.

This whole piece is an extension of the Second Life is a social network argument.  I’m starting to wonder if the best way to look at the world is to see a continuum running from Second Life through Habbo to MySpace et al (maybe even taking in Stardoll on the way).

  • NIc,

    I think you can also extend it the other way via ARG’s like Perplex City through to the Augmented Reality being experimented with ay MIT Media lab awhile back – see here for some of it.

    However, first it has to work – reliably. I have blogged about my sad experience with Habbo this afternoon here in Habbo Hostile

  • NIc,

    I think you can also extend it the other way via ARG’s like Perplex City through to the Augmented Reality being experimented with ay MIT Media lab awhile back – see here for some of it.

    However, first it has to work – reliably. I have blogged about my sad experience with Habbo this afternoon here in Habbo Hostile

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  • I do believe that virtual worlds is the next evolution for social networking. Social networking is also already becoming a ubiquitous feature on the web. The traction, gravitational pull, and viral aspect of social networking is what makes it essential for socializing and general public relations. The bugs, kinks, and interface issues will all be worked out once a well-funded, strategically conscious social network starts to make avatar interaction a major part of their scalability efforts. I’m presently tweaking with my blog, but by the time you read this comment I should have a new blog up with a few comments (including one long essay, I re-edited after the You Tube-Google Deal was announced) that discuss social networking and virtual worlds.

  • Kyle

    Habbo owns, Secondlife sucks, its impossible and its fkn laggy, habbo owns, Play habbo.ca? Add armber

  • Kyle

    Habbo owns, Secondlife sucks, its impossible and its fkn laggy, habbo owns, Play habbo.ca? Add armber

  • Habbowoodproductions

    Habbo! Habbo! Habbo! Second Life Sucks! Habbo Rocks!