Archive for November, 2008

to many “social platforms” ?

November 22, 2008

I wish I had one online gadget/site/thing that combined ALL my 25 “social networking” sites like flickr, youtube, wordpress, koinup, twitter, etc. etc.. Secondbrain is on the right track but not quite there yet. Any suggestions?

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Legend City Online

November 13, 2008

Ever since I felt the need to expand my 3D virtual world beyond what is controlled by Linden Lab I have been checking out every alternative grid I come across. Most of them don’t match Second Life’s performance, creative freedom, or population. Most are fun in their own unique way but lack SL’s general awesomeness in the end. legend-city-online_001Today I came across Legend City and I like it best so far.
I have bought land there already since an open space sim is only 25 US $! Of course overall performance isn’t as good as Second Life yet but it’s actually running pretty stable and it has a mac and Linux viewer as well. The "Lindens" are friendly, competent and fast! Legend City Online is part of the Open source Metaverse. This means that eventually all those participating grids will be connected. Second Inventory makes it possible for you to transfer all your (full permissions!) items to other grids such as Legend City.
I’m sure there will be more grids popping up here and there in the near future and eventually it will be possible to live in a virtual world governed by it’s citizens and without dependency on a single company’s profit maximization.

Philip Rosedale:The future of Virtual Worlds

November 11, 2008

Unfortunately i wasn’t able to embed this video of Philip Rosedale’s visit to Amsterdam but the visions and opinions he has on the future of virtual worlds are interesting nonetheless. Hannes Breda of the “Real and Second Life Confusion” group (SL) was there to ask about the future governance of Second Life.

OpenLife revisited

November 2, 2008

I had a blast hanging out at OpenLife with a lot of Second Life residents looking for alternative virtual worlds. Since there is no functioning economy there yet, everything is free and the sense of solidarity by going through the whole noob process again is awesome. It was interesting to watch everyone. Most people were very concerned about their avatars appearance. The hottest topics were “where to get freebies” and how does “second inventory work”? Of course OpenLife Grid is by far not as advanced as Second Life. But I like the way it encourages creation instead of consumption and that it gives me the feeling of being a true pioneer to something that has not yet been explored and conquered yet. Personally I feel rather uncomfortable by the way Linden Lab “rules” over Second Life. I completely understand that this is the way it has to be for now and that there is not much to do about it. I also accept it because I actually do like to hang out there. Yet I will always support alternative virtual worlds and concepts as much as I can. Because I also like to dream about a better future and my dream is a virtual world that is governed by it’s citizens and not by a single profit seeking company.