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Benjamin Duranske's Second Life Avatar 'Benjamin Noble'I’m working on a new (non-law-related) book, and I am looking for real stories from virtual worlds.

If you’d like to talk about your virtual world experiences, potentially for publication, shoot me a note, and I’ll set up a time to talk to you. I’m happy to discuss the details of the project once we are in communication.

You’ll be asked to sign an interview release using your real name, but I will identify you in the book only by the name of your avatar, or (depending on the circumstances) using an avatar pseudonym.

I anticipate a lot of stories coming from Second Life, but I am interested in talking to people from across the whole spectrum of social virtual worlds. I’d particularly like to talk to you if you participate in vSide, Kaneva, (or the MTV-based worlds), Active Worlds, EA World, Red Light Center, and any of the current beta offerings (Twinty, HiPiHi, etc.). Basically any non-game-based virtual world. Also, if you’ve got kids, I’d love to talk to you about their experiences with Club Penguin, Webkinz, Barbie World, and various the other virtual worlds for kids.

I’m learning a lot doing this, so if you are interested in telling me your story, I am interested in hearing it. That said, I’d particularly like to talk to:

  • Couples and Dating Singles
  • Long-Time Virtual World Residents
  • New Virtual World Residents
  • Subculture Participants
  • Fan-Build Participants
  • Roleplayers
  • Teachers and Professors
  • Artists and Musicians
  • Adult Entertainers
  • Small Businesses Owners
  • People Running Governance Projects
  • Object Programmers
  • Fashion Designers
  • Event Planners
  • Builders

Depending on the number of responses I get, it may take me a little while to respond, but I promise that I will write back if you send me an email.

Please also feel free to forward a link to this post to anyone who might be interested in talking to me about their experiences, or anyone who you think has a compelling story that should be told.

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4 Responses to “Off-Topic: What’s Your Virtual World Story?”

  1. on 12 Mar 2008 at 11:40 amSophrosyne Stenvaag


    I’d be happy to participate. And, I’ve posted a link to my Twitter list. Please let me know if I can help in any other way!

  2. on 14 Mar 2008 at 9:56 pmcsven

    Surprised I’ve not seen more comments here. I’ll post your call out to my public twitter.

  3. on 15 Mar 2008 at 8:36 amBenjamin Duranske

    I’ve gotten a fair number of emails directly. Thanks for spreading the word though — I want to talk to as many people as possible at this point.

  4. on 16 Mar 2008 at 12:47 pmcsven

    Y’know, I’d like to hear how Hsiao-Tsing is doing ( ref: ). Hamlet posted a few entries on her, collected here:

    Be a great addition, imo. And a chance to tie in with the DoubleHappinessJeans people, among others.

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