2009 Reviewed

As 2009 draws to a close and people debate whether the forthcoming year is twenty ten or Two thousand and ten, it’s time to look back at the year, warts and all.


January was a strange month, we were still feeling the fallout of the Openspace fiasco when Linden Lab pulled a distraction trick by purchasing Onrez and XstreetSL! The rumours started to surface a few days before the official news was announced and covered here by Nobody Fugazi. We were treated to an official press release, FAQ, a forum thread and an official blog post. Interestingly back in January they were talking about new features such as shareable wishlists, they were also talking about merging accounts and balances, they partially got there but Xstreet would become a major bone of contention later in the year. Continue reading “2009 Reviewed”

Listening To Communities

With a hat tip to Desmond Shang for his forum post, and another to Kamilah Hauptmann who brought this to Desmond’s attention in the first place, there’s a very interesting blog post from Eric Ries, who has been involved with IMVU regarding listening to your community. I’ve touched upon this before with the example of how Champions Online rectified a situation over limited discounted subscriptions, but Eric’s post is probably a better example because it took IMVU a bit longer to figure out the harsh realities of not listening.

The crux of the issue is that IMVU didn’t listen to their community, made changes that as far as they could see would only have an impact for 0.1% of their community and that everything would be fine. However things weren’t fine, people whom IMVU hadn’t even considered would be interested in some of these policy changes were concerned to such a degree that IMVU was losing both revenue and customers on a scale they hadn’t imagined was remotely likely. Continue reading “Listening To Communities”

Gene Roddenberry Junior talks in Second Life

A noob was in town at the weekend, Gene Roddenberry junior (AKA Rod Roddenberry), son of Star Trek creator Gene Roddenberry…umm senior…spoke to an audience in Second Life as part of a Science Fiction convention that I didn’t even know was going on. I’ve talked before about how I expected more Science Fiction to be apparent in Second Life and there’s a convention going on and I know nothing about it! Heh, Second Life is too big for its own good at times 🙂

The podcast will be up on LCCC Radio (The Duck) sometime this week, I’ll post a link when it is ready. Rod talked of many things, his enthusiasm for Star Trek the next generation shone through (he’s a bit young for Star Trek the original). He spoke of how he had a teenager/Father relationship with his Father and how Wesley Crusher is not based upon him!

There was talk of copyright issues, talk of his own projects, what he saw on the set of the next generation and much more, the podcast should be worth listening to.

However he spoke extremely enthusiastically as a noob to Second Life, only an hour after being registered. Why did he have the surname he did? He had no idea, we do of course, as you choose one of the generated names.

He was prompted to move his mouse so his avatar didn’t slump in the away mode look and he was enthusiastic about the fact there were furries present in Second Life as well as the look and design of other avatars.

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How Paid Communities Can Work – Hillcrest College A Case Study

I’ve talked previously about how venues can’t easily make revenue from a pay to enter scheme, Seven Ultra Lounge has apparently closed down. However I was recently contacted by someone who wanted to show me how you can make a go of charging for entry to a parcel. The theme is adult RP, which may disappoint some, but the concept can be transferred to other social venues.

The place is Hillcrest College, a place where people roleplay students over the age of 18, teachers and faculty staff. To avoid any confusion that this is a place that engages in banned sexual ageplay activity there is a clear “No child avatars” rule and a height restirction bar to try and hammer home this point that has a minimum height of five foot two. Summer Haas gave me a guided tour of both the existing location and the new location on Zindra. I didn’t actually see any adult content in action whilst I was there, maybe Summer directed me away from it or maybe it’s due to the fact that this place actually has a sense of community, as Summer explained; “The sex aspect is very low key, the funny thing is the sex brings them in but the friendships made keeps them around and the the regulars don’t generally engage in sexual activity on campus” Continue reading “How Paid Communities Can Work – Hillcrest College A Case Study”

An Interview With Paisley Beebe

Paisley Beebe is the host of the highly successful “Tonight Live with Paisley Beebe” hosted by SLCN.TV, in a role reversal I arranged an email interview with Paisley so we could hear her views on Second Life and associated concepts. Paisley offered up some insightful views and put me right on a few issues, we discussed not only Paisley’s show but issues about Second Life as a whole including lag, merging grids, performance fees as well as touching upon dyslexia, a RL recognition of Paisley Beebe at a museum in Melbourne, Australia and much more, we’ll start with Paisley giving us a little background on Tonight Live and SLCN:

Paisley Beebe: “In Australia I am now just another Jazz Singer without work, (economics and lack of venues) 18 years ago there was a resurgence in Jazz in Australia, and I had lots and regular work as much as I wanted really, but due to Govt regulations and economics the venues all closed down, and all even the best of us have lost our livelihood here. As a Singer really I’m not exceptional, I’m professional, good at what I do, very entertaining but not so exceptional that people are knocking down doors to get to me, (mind you there is almost no one in jazz in Australia getting that treatment!) I’m also a trained Actress that never got off the blocks, and a host on a small community radio station, but for a number of personal reasons my dreams and ambitions never came to fruition, in music or in Acting. I have no illusions that I have had a lot of false starts! and like a lot of women, family intervened and not in a usual way, (very complicated family life…don’t ask). But now that I do have time to have a career (kids at school, family life less complicated..) I can!!, without being told I’m too old, not right for the part, don’t have the right connections, or asked to give up time with my family for travel, or work hours. I do have a demanding family life and many of us do because of various things, and so working from home in SL fits in very nicely. Continue reading “An Interview With Paisley Beebe”