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    Posted March 24, 2011 by
    JaneyBracken
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    CNN Pulling Out Of SL? The Real Facts So Far...

     

    It’s amazing how gossip spreads becoming a little distorted along the way and by the time it pans out to bloggers and tweeters it has taken on whole new dimensions.   CNN, who have had a presence in Second Life since 2008, regularly keeping in contact with us ireporters in the virtual world via weekly meetings at their simulated CNN island.  We have been privileged to have had direct contact with CNN Producers Nicole iReport and Henry iReport who encouraged us to write what it’s like belonging to a virtual social networking site. One which has grown steadily to be more geared towards real life issues such as education, science, art, politics, health and business, as professional people have started to use this type of communication to its full potential. For instance, last night I attended a lecture at Delaware University’s site in SL where we were linked up to a live debate about the use of solar energy (pictured above).

     

    The meeting this week with Nicole had been about the future of CNN’s direct contact with SL and the ireporter group.  Nicole had expressed to us that there was a need to restructure the way we keep in touch and we were there to discuss the options.  Nicole and Henry understandably are on a very tight schedule, talking to us whilst at their desks in the news-room and Nicole reports on many other social networking sites besides SL.  There hadn’t been any definite news at the meeting about the future, only the fact that things were changing and indeed they would still have a slot for SL in ireports, plus CNN would continue to vet our stories.   So news had spread from this meeting that CNN were pulling out of SL, when in actual fact, no final decision had been made at all on how things will proceed.

     

    I had contact with Nicole the next day and she put out a notice to the group that we will still be meeting next week and the meetings will continue indefinitely until we are told otherwise.  Time does move on, and maybe CNN will give up the island they have in SL for a smaller piece of land, which would be more appropriate for their hub.  CNN are not cutting their connections with the SL ireporters, merely finding ways to streamline their contact with us.   As for the regular ireporters like myself, we will carry on reporting on the fun things and more serious stuff people use the virtual world for.

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