Metaverse Messenger is Second Life’s top newspaperSeptember 17th, 2008
By Kristan Hall
The Metaverse Messenger (M2) is a weekly newspaper (published as an online PDF at http://www.metaversemessenger.com/) covering Second Life. With a
readership of over 63,000 residents, the M2 is the most widely read newspaper in Second Life.
It was created by Kristan Hall and Alan Seeger (known as Katt Kongo and Phoenix Psaltery in Second Life) in August 2005 to provide the millions of
residents of SL with a news source influenced by and distributed in the style of a conventional newspaper. Though there are a plethora of publications
in Second Life, the M2 was the first of them, and the team is comprised of people with years of journalism and advertising experience.
Publisher Kristan Hall was a seven year veteran of journalism, with a two year degree as well, before founding the M2. She is featured in books such as
Second Life: The Official Guide and The Entrepreneur's Guide of Second Life. Hall is an expert in virtual worlds, as she has participated in a multitude of
MMORGS since 2002. She has been a resident of Second Life since June of 2005.
Alan Seeger, the publication's advertising executive, is the author of a book of original poetry and song lyrics. He has also written for several publications,
including a popular music website. Besides being an author, he has worked in the theatre, television, and radio, as well as being a composer, photographer,
and graphic designer.
M2 columnist Christopher Simpson, currently a professor at George Brown College in Toronto, Ontario, brings a wealth of knowledge to both his features,
aptly titled First Life, Second News and Ad Nauseam.
Donnell King, who is employed with the M2 as a staff writer, is an associate professor of speech and journalism at Pellissippi State Technical Community
College in Knoxville, Tennessee. He also helps manage the college's Second Life presence, and oversees the college's journalism intern program with
News Manager Dominic Scott has been with the M2 since its early days, and is currently a second year journalism student at University of Wolverhampton.
The M2 has been featured in media sources such as De Nieuwe Reporter, Metro Times, www.channel4.com, The International Herald Tribune,
The Guardian, Adweek, AAJA Voice, Austin-American Statesman, The Phoenix, Business Week, Clickable Culture, and many others.
The publication has enjoyed tremendous success, with advertising purchased by major companies such as Vodafone, The Weather Channel,
Rate Point, Dell Computer, Wiley Books, Caldwell Bankers, Accounting Services of John Horner, Warner Home Movies, Brian Ulaszewski (who ran
for the office of the second district of the Long Beach City Council), and others.
Katt Kongo at work...