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Gingrich In Second Life

As Newt Gingrich continues to flirt with a presidential bid, his group, American Solutions for Winning the Future, is hosting workshops in Atlanta later this month, in real life. But now the former House speaker also plans to host some sessions in Second Life.

Second Life is a "3-D virtual world" that boasts a population of more than 9.5 million "residents" worldwide. Users create a "persona in the virtual world," called an Avatar that can create anything, buy property, and have fun, among other things.

In his weekly column published today, Gingrich states Second Life, "is so compelling that people actually spend real money to buy real estate in this online reality. The Swedish government actually has an embassy in Second Life."

So as Gingrich gets set to potentially begin his second life in American politics, he will rent the West front of the Second Life version of the U.S. Capitol on Sept. 27 for some of his workshops.

There's symbolism in Gingrich's decision, since Sept. 27 is the 13th anniversary of the Contract With America, which Gingrich and other GOP lawmakers signed on the West front of the real U.S. Capitol.

The Second Life workshop will begin at 2 p.m. ET on Sept. 27. Folks interested in participating should first check your computer to make sure it's compatible with the virtual world, then create an Avatar and join up.

There's some political precedence in using Second Life. TechPresident.com has reviewed the Second Life efforts of Hillary Clinton, John Edwards, Mike Gravel, and Ron Paul, while former Virginia Gov. Mark Warner, now running for U.S. Senate, says he was the first "major politician" to enter Second Life when he did so last year.

-- Ed O'Keefe

By Ed O'Keefe |  September 18, 2007; 2:20 PM ET Newt Gingrich
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FYI, Obama has a campaign HQ in SL as well.

Posted by: Paul Norton | September 20, 2007 10:48 AM

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