IRS Claims Big Savings with Second Life Recruitment

A spokesman for the Internal Revenue Service says that the agency saves U.S. taxpayers money by maintaining a personnel recruiting presence in Second Life.

This news comes by way of, which acknowledges that the IRS is one of its clients. The site has posted a short interview with Frank Stipe, Virtual Worlds & Social Networking Project Manager for the IRS. Stipe explains the IRS’s Second Life connection:

In 2008, the IRS project team established a presence in the Second Life virtual world… The team has created the IRS Careers Island and constructed a sky platform with an IRS Careers Center and an IRS Education Center… [these features have] been opened to the general population in Second Life since February 2009…


In the physical world, we could spend hundreds of thousands, if not millions, on sponsoring a race car that displays our brand in a field of thirty or more other cars. In the SL virtual world, we have spent a few thousand dollars to build complete entertainment and communications venue that includes a race course…

We are now entering the relationship building phase where we are reaching out to universities that operate virtual campuses in Second Life to market directly to their students…

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    Bennett Beeny says:

    So let me get this straight:

    Phase 1 – build an online race course.

    Phase 2 – go to online university campus.

    Phase 3 – profit?

    Is it just me, or does this sound more like a shady mafia operation than a government outreach program?  And it seems to me that there needs to be a phase 2b – perhaps involving running a gambling syndicate, selling crack and getting the students involved in prostitution?

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    Father Time says:

    The IRS was considering advertising on proffesional racing?

    Ok I’m not into auto racing so I don’t know what kind of ads they attract nowadays but this is the strangest news story I’ve ever heard in a while.

    Just the fact that someone would think of putting help wanted ads in proffesional sports is odd enough but the IRS?

    How would you even advertise the IRS

    Do you want the ultimate job security and don’t have what it takes to make it the Supreme Court?

    Are you good at numbers and have a sadistic side?

    If you said yes then join the IRS.


    Debates are like merry go rounds. Two people take their positions then they go through the same points over and over and over again. Then when it’s over they have the same positions they started in.

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