Avatar Promotions Creates Virtual Representation of Site of the President Kennedy Assassination in Second Life

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IBM's Investment in Second Life Sparks Interest in Second Life for Veteran Developer of Internet Technology.

Avatar Promotions today announces the Second Life virtual creation of Dealey Plaza, the site where President John F. Kennedy was assassinated on Nov. 22, 1963. Jason Baird, lead consultant of Avatar Promotions, says he has no opinions on who killed President Kennedy, but he made it possible for users to log on to the internet and visit a virtual 3D version of that part of downtown Dallas.

Two to three million people visit Dealey Plaza every year. Now they no longer have to go to Dallas to "be there and see it." Those in Second Life can meet in virtual reality to entertain their own theories.

IBM is spending millions of dollars on 3D virtual worlds and has thousands of employees dedicating a lot of time to these types of virtual worlds. Second Life offers collaborative and social networking advantages that the traditional flat internet cannot compete with; the current Internet is more like reading a book, Second Life is more like real life including collaboration, exploration, socializing, and shared experiences. Baird said that IBM's commitment to Second Life caused him to realize that this particular brand of virtual reality was not just a trend. Mr. Baird learned some of these facts from an IBM executive expounding on some of these ideas in a Second Life event that he attended.

Geography is no longer a barrier to "being there" though time zones still are. Dropping by someone's office for a "face to face talk" brings the new virtual world back to the good old times where people interacted with each other in a more personal way than telephone or email. The 3D world is more human and social. A laundry list of major companies that have a presence inside Second Life include Reuters, BMW, SAP, Manpower, CNN, etc. and are using it for everything from virtual meetings, training, brand awareness, to virtual prototyping. According to a TimesOnline article, there are even reports of jihadists using it for terror training. (http://www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/news/world/middle_east/article2199193.ece)

Baird started working in the Internet business in 1996 for a Dallas startup. In 1997 he worked as an Internet specialist for AT&T in covering the DFW metroplex. In November of 1997, he started his own web site development business, WebOutsourcing.com. His web site firm has hundreds of clients in the DFW area.

"Most of the internet is 2 dimensional. This version of Dealey Plaza is the next best thing to being there in person. Second Life allows other people with interest in the assassination to text chat or speak via voice over IP to everyone else in the simulation at the same time," Baird said. "It is just like being there, but not only can you walk around the area with your friends, you also can fly above it. I jokingly tell people that it won't be long before people start showing up to give tours of the area for tips just like in real life."

On the anniversary of the assassination, Avatar Promotions will have an invitation only re-enactment of the actual event. The invitation only limitation exists since only around 40 or so people can be inside the simulation at the same time.

"You really have to see it. Once you do you are going to realize that this is part of the future of the Internet and that there is another revolution in technology going on," Baird said. "Many people just haven't been exposed to it yet. Human beings are used to a 3D world. A two dimensional world is just pictures and information. A 3D virtual world is a place to explore, learn, collaborate and meet other people."

Anyone wanting to explore Dealey Plaza should go online with a friend or a group of friends to explore it together. Go to http://www.avatarpromotions.com/jfk and download and install the software and then click on the link on the web page to go to Dealey Plaza or search within Second Life for Dealey Plaza Dallas.

Jason Baird is founder of AvatarPromotions.com and works with companies to show them how Second Life can be used for marketing, communications, teamwork and real business as a Solution Provider for Second Life.

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