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Second Life Pizza Gets Some Real Life Delivery

Pizza ordered in Second Life

I actually love pizza but don’t order it often over the phone or on the internet. I have my local pizza places I love and then the big franchise places for a quick bite. There has been times while I’m working at home and start craving pizza. Now I have 3 choices to order it from home. I could call my local store to order some pizza or order it online from some famous franchises. Soon I will have an option to order it in second life.

If I’m playing a game or building something in Second Life then it might be easier to rez a gadget and order a pizza. I don’t see me ordering like this all the time but maybe at the beginning just to try it out. I would have a better chance of ordering take out in a virtual world if there was a lot to choose from. I hope there will be more places who will try this idea like I mentioned in another post about movietickets.com. Most of the big businesses who come into SL use it for advertising primarily. I have noticed some who are trying new ideas.

The chance for me to order a pizza with my lindens money is a BIG plus for me! Especially the fact that I would have to wait a week just to get my money out of SL. I wonder how this pizza business is going to deal with the lindens. Maybe big businesses will have an easier time getting money out? Will they see it as a risk they are willing to take if they can’t get their money? Selling real stuff from second life will add some interesting problems especially hot food. This is a great idea but as a business it seems very risky especially reading about other people having problems with money in SL. [ furnation money problems ] [ dark life robbed ]

Second Life pizza ordered in for avatars

Pizzeria store selling virtual pizzas

A Pizza store in Second Life near beach

Real Life Pizza place advertising in SL

After reading about this I started to search around in Second Life and I found some interesting places. One place actually sells virtual pizzas. I bought a pepperoni and cheese pizza on a platter. Great for those virtual parties for my avatar! I can click on the pizza and I’ll receive an animated pizza slice. Sweet! Also I found a real pizza place advertising inside SL. They are from Switzerland and their sim looks really nice. Not sure how much business they get from SL.

Second Life Newbie? Read a book!

Archebooks Publishing eBook store in Second Life

Here is one example where a company in Second Life got me interested in their real life work. I was searching around for stuff to do and found an event about a new book. This new book is “A beginner’s guide to Second Life” and you can read chapter 8 in second life. They also have a sample of the first chapter and chapter 8 on their website at archebooks.com. Don’t know why I wasn’t able to read the first chapter in Second life.

When you go to their SL eBook store you will see some other books on display that you can sample too. Just buy them for free and wear it. You will find that a book comes up as a HUD display. Click on the pages to turn to the next page. I didn’t find it easy to read because of the slow rezzing and being a bit blurry. It’s still an interesting concept and it got me to their page where I found some books I might want to buy. The samples on the webpage are in pdf form and a lot easier to read.

Archebooks using a Book Hud to promote books in Second Life

This was only a post about the store in Second Life and the promotion of their website. This isn’t a review of the book because I haven’t bought it and only read the sample chapters. From what I read it looks very helpful for any newbies to this virtual world. You can also buy this book and others from some well known book stores online.

Walking for linden money instead of camping?

Publicenter walking board for Second LifePublicenter walking boards ready to be used in Second Life

I found a place in Second Life which allows you to wear an advertising board on your avatar so you can walk around as a moving ad. You can make $2L/10 min walking around. First you go to publicenter corporation (SLURL) and go to the back of the building to find the ad distributors. Click on the device and you will receive the wearable ad in your inventory. Wear it and a notecard will tell you the rules!

BEWARE, IT IS STRICTLY FORBIDDEN TO WEAR THIS SIGN IN PRIVATE LAND, LIKE CASINOS, DANCINGS, PRIVATE CLUBS AND IN THE AREA WHICH YOU ADVERTISE. EACH PERSON NOT RESPECTING THIS RULE WILL BE BANNED FROM PUBLICENTER CORP.

This rule looks very clear to me so when I walk around in second life with this on I stay on the public street. There is a floating text above me to show others how to get involved with this. It’s not a lot of money and I have no idea how they track to make sure you are following the rules. I walked around, stood still, sat down and still made the 2L every 10 minutes. After the 10 minutes the money gets paid to you right away. Don’t have to wait to go back to the center. But after awhile you will be told to go back to the center to get a new ad board.

I’m sure there are camping chairs and other places which pay lot more than this. After checking this out they moved their building to a new sim. There’s also been talk about it being a scam from Prokofy Neva who had a store near them. At this time of this writing I have used it and did get paid. As an advertiser I would hope they give information where these people are going. I have seen some of these people wearing the board in private places which is not liked by the owners.

Instead of camping you can walk around with an adboardThese walking adboards are being banned in Second Life

For people who are looking to advertise this way there is an email to get information about the prices. Not sure what ads they accept but most look like international places. There is no other information about the prices in the building so they probably want to deal directly with the advertiser. I have no ad to place so I can’t try it and see the results. It is an interesting idea outside of the camping chair mentality. Just have to wait and see how long they will be providing this service or how many people get banned from places who don’t want them.

Is this better or worse than giving out t-shirts with your place’s name on it? One difference is the boards pay for you to wear them. Another difference is that the boards are scripted which won’t work in non scripting areas. Is this good or bad for advertisers? Is this good or bad for Second Life. In my opinion it’s too early to know for sure. There are better ways to advertise in SL and better ways to make money.

Doing business in Second Life?

I took a class at Teazers about how to make money in Second Life. It was very informative on what types of business one can have in this virtual world. I don’t want to explain everything that was said because attending these classes are the best way to learn! Plus these instructors do a lot of work and will answer any questions you may have! We went through some businesses that would make money and others that may not.

One of the biggest moving business is clothing. Making your own clothes and then selling them in your own store or a mall is a good way of making some money. One graphic program that was mentioned at this class is Gimp.org because it’s free. If you’d like to pay for a program to make clothes then you can go with photoshop CS or Paint Shop Pro.

Also animations is a good product to sell cause lot of people get bored with what they have now. A good program for animation is avimator which is free. I’m not going to explain how to make clothes, animations or poses in this post but when you upload an image to second life there is a trick that some people don’t know about.

When you first upload an image, a window pops up showing you the picture and then two buttons on the bottom, Upload and a cancel button. In the middle you will see, “Preview image as:”, Click in the pull down menu that says image. You can pick from that selection to show how the texture will look on your body BEFORE PAYING FOR UPLOAD!

You can zoom in on your body by your mouse wheel or use [ALT] + left mouse button and moving the mouse up and down. To move the camera around your body use [ALT] + left mouse button on the image and move your mouse to the right or left! To move the camera around your body up and down you can use [ALT] + [CTRL] + left mouse button and then move up and down on your mouse. To move the camera off center you can use [CTRL] + [ALT] + [SHIFT] + left mouse button and move your mouse where you want the camera to be. Using the [ALT], [CTRL], [SHIFT] commands in Second life sims will also do the same thing if you didn’t know that. By using [ALT] + left mouse button you can set up where your center point for the camera will be! Once you are satisfied with the looks then you can upload and pay.

The next thing we started to talk about is stuff that are harder to make money from. Selling houses is one of these cause you need land to show off your homes which would cost more money if you want to show all your houses. Also you need to make unique houses which means a lot of work for you to do and you must have a crative mind. Another business that would be hard to get into is scripting. The important thing here is you need to have a product to sell with the script. Selling just the script won’t sell as much. Building a lamp with a lamp script would sell more than trying to sell the lamp script for example.

I will continue this in another post for the second part of businesses in second life.