Ditch Your Trashy Avatar
Businesses who use virtual worlds need 3-D dress codes
By Nick McMaster,  Newser Staff
Posted Oct 8, 2009 4:00 PM CDT
Another 'Second Life' avatar.   (©Kris Harmison)
camera-icon View 2 more images

(Newser) – With businesses increasingly making use of virtual worlds like Second Life for long-distance training and conferences, it’s important for employees to show a little discretion with their choice of avatar, warns a report from tech advisory firm Gartner. “Because 3-D environments add the visual dimension, they will need to make sure that their policies also cover dress codes."

The report, picked up by CNET, adds that "avatars are creeping into business environments and will have far-reaching implications for enterprises, from policy to dress code, behavior, and computing platform requirements." It projects that 70% of businesses will regulate their employees' avatars by 2013.