To add to general information about Second Life: Some people use it for world-wide professional meetings: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dut80CfHeG4. Towson University, MD has a Second Life “Innovations Lab Island.” In fact Towson’s President held a study break chat there April 09. Towson Univeristy’s Career Center is using Second Life for Job Fairs: http://groups.google.com/group/second-life-college-fair/web/college…, and for collaborating on the Base Realignment And Closing (BRAC) initiative. Reuters/London has a full time reporter assigned to covering Second Life news: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8s21QgfA7eU.
I met a young woman from Towson who had designed salt & pepper shakers based on a logo in Second Life. She was selling them on Second Life for their Linden Dollars and on ebay for U.S. dollars, in fact she had a set available for viewing at the Economic & Community Outreach fair Towson sponsored last spring. She told me about a guy who became a millionaire in U.S.dollars by creating and selling things on Second Life only.
I am not an early adaptor, so I doubt that I will be on Second Life unless someone else sets it up (Steve, are you listening…). It is my understanding that setting up Second Life is time consuming. Still, I am interested in keeping up to date with career-related trends. I believe Second Life is going to come into its own one day, I am interested in seeing what that will look like.
I don’t know about government agencies using Second Life, but I will be interested in reading responses to find out which ones are.